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  • 5 Livres 2016, Lebanon, 150th Anniversary of the American University of Beirut, Green Field
  • 5 Livres 2016, Lebanon, 150th Anniversary of the American University of Beirut, Green Field

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.


Depicts an inner general view of a stadium with the inscription "150th Anniversary of the American University of Beirut" above and "Green Field" below and a green gem (Swarovski) surrounded by flowers.

Green Field is an artificial turf field with spectator seating for 560 people and night lights with 6 lanes, a 400-meter track and access is restricted to AUB students and Charles Hostler Student Center members; Faculty, Staff and Alumni may have access provided they are members of the centre.

150th Anniversary
American University of Beirut
Green Field


Depicts an Arabic design circle in the middle with 4 partitions two with an Islamic design of a stylized star - a geometric ornament in Arabic style, upper right one denomination in Arabic below and denomination in French above below left Lebanon cedar surrounded by date in Arabic and French and the inscription "Bank of Lebanon" in French below.

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

٥ ليرات

Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.999
Weight 77.75 g
Diameter -
Width -
Height -
Thickness -
Shape oval
Alignment -

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