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  • 10 Livres 2016, Lebanon, 150th Anniversary of the American University of Beirut, Lee Observatory
  • 10 Livres 2016, Lebanon, 150th Anniversary of the American University of Beirut, Lee Observatory

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is a private, non-sectarian, and independent institution chartered in New York. Its campus is located in Beirut, Lebanon, and it operates under the governance of a private, autonomous board of trustees. AUB offers a range of academic programs leading to bachelor's, master's, MD, and PhD degrees.

At a meeting of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions on January 23, 1862, W. M. Thomson proposed the establishment of a college of higher learning, including medical training, in Beirut, with Dr. Daniel Bliss as its president. While Bliss was fundraising for the new college in the United States and England, the State of New York granted a charter for the Syrian Protestant College on April 24, 1863. The college, later renamed the American University of Beirut in 1920, welcomed its first class of 16 students on December 3, 1866, with Bliss serving as its inaugural president until 1902.

Initially, Arabic was the language of instruction due to its common usage among the ethnic groups in the region, and prospective students needed proficiency in Ottoman Turkish, French, and English. In 1887, the language of instruction transitioned to English.

This coin has a hemispherical form.


Depicts an abbreviation of the American University of Beirut, 150 years and the motto "We make history" within a circle above a hemisphere with a carving Zodiac.

WE MAKE HISTORY | 1866-2016


Depicts a telescope within an observatory looking to the sky. Lebanon cedar, date in Arabic and French, the inscription "Bank of Lebanon" in French below and denomination in Arabic and French right.

The Lebanon cedar is the national emblem of Lebanon. It grows in Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, northwest Jordan, western Syria, and south-central Turkey.

The Lee Observatory opened in 1873, with Doctor Cornelius Van Dyck as its pioneer. The observatory was named in reference to Henry Lee, a wealthy British merchant from Manchester, who had made a significant donation to help finance its construction. The observatory had twin roles of sky gazing and serving as a meteorological station for the Middle East.

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ليرات LIVRES
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Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.999
Weight 155.5 g
Diameter -
Width -
Height -
Thickness -
Shape odd (fan)
Alignment Medal

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