The Cairo Metro is the rapid transit system in Greater Cairo, Egypt. It was the first of the three full-fledged metro systems in Africa and the first in the Arab world to be constructed.

Cairo's metro network was greatly expanded in the mid-1990s with the building of Line 2, from Shoubra El Kheima to Cairo University, with an extension to Giza. The line includes the first tunnel under the Nile. The construction of the line was finished in October 2000, and it was later extended to El Mounib.


Depicts a subway train below water, date (April 1999) below. The inscription "Passing of the Metro Under the Nile" above and "The National Authority for Tunnels" below. Designer's mark on the left (Hammad Ali).

عبور المترو تحت النيل
حماد علي
إبريل ١٩٩٩
الهيئة القومية للأنفاق


Denomination divides dates (Gregorian and Hegira), legend in ornamented Kufic "Arab Republic of Egypt" above.

جمهورية مصر العربية
١٤٢٠هـ - مـ١٩٩٩


1 Pound

Cairo Metro
Tunnel Under Nile River

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KM# 954
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.875
Weight 8 g
Diameter 24 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Cairo Mint

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