LANCUM-09C5D1: Post Medieval hammered silver Islamic coin

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Unique ID: LANCUM-09C5D1

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Probably a milled silver coin of the British Protectorate period in Egypt. It bears the name of the Sultan Hussein Kamil (in Arabic) who was Sultan of Egypt and Sudan from AD 1914 to 1917. The elaborate style of surviving inscription on the image of the obverse can be matched with the examples below. Only a very small part of the reverse inscription survives but what does can also be seen to be the same. I think the coin was originally a 20 piastres piece.

The coin is unusually thin, distorted and extremely battered and incomplete. This would suggest that the coin may have been deformed, perhaps under the wheels of a train? This would also explain the striations on the reverse and the 50mm diameter. The diameter originally should be 40mm.The original diameter was c50mm, and the weight is 13.2g

See 'Standard Catalog of World Coins' by Chester L Krause and Clifford Mishler [also edited by Colin R Bruce II] 1988 edition, p455; Egypt 321-322. For examples on line see

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: MODERN
Date from: Exactly AD 1914
Date to: Exactly AD 1917

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 13.2 g
Diameter: 50 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 14th November 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Alex Whitlock
Identified by: Mr Paul Cannon
Secondary identifier: Mr Stuart Noon

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Numismatic data

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Coin references

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Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: North Kesteven (District)
To be known as: Sleaford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 6 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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