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Offline africancoins

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Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« on: April 03, 2011, 11:49:55 PM »
Looks like someone used Percy Metcalfe's ideas for the portrait of King Farouk on this old Egyptian token I recently acquired. I have seen pictures of quite a few of these tokens - some are denominated, this one is not.

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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2011, 12:54:38 AM »
Curious. Do you know when it was issued and by whom? For comparison:



 

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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2011, 01:07:34 AM »
When I first saw the token of Paul's I thought it was a round bronze coin cut to the shape of a 1944 2 Piastres...
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always willing to trade modern UK coins for modern coins from elsewhere....

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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2011, 01:23:07 AM »
The legends are the same (Farouk the First, King of Egypt), just in a cruder style (like the effigy) and with no vowels marked.  What's on the other side of the token?


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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2011, 10:18:45 PM »
Here is the reverse of my token that has Farouk on the obverse.

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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2012, 11:03:48 PM »
The portrait on this Egyptian token is a bit closer to that on the coins than that on the other Egyptian token shown.

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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2012, 05:56:52 AM »
To quote <k> own words about Farouk....  [ The Mystery of the Missing Moustache]

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Apparently Metcalfe was flown out to Egypt for a series of sittings with the King. He also took some photographs that he was able to work from later.
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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2012, 09:38:17 PM »
The portrait on this Egyptian token is a bit closer to that on the coins than that on the other Egyptian token shown.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

The obverse legend on this one is a little different - rather than FAROUK THE FIRST, KING OF EGYPT, this one says FAROUK THE FIRST, [unclear word] KING.  I can't make out the missing word properly but will look in the dictionary for any likely contenders later on, unless anyone is able to solve it in the meantime.

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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2012, 09:52:46 AM »
I had to check with a native speaker in the end.  I was starting at the wrong point - the "unknown" word comes first:  "long live king Farouk the First" (Ya'ish malik Farouq al' awwal).


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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2012, 01:42:29 PM »
And those are solder marks, I suppose, so that the piece could be worn on clothes. Good fun piece and indeed less abstract than the portrait on the coins, yet clearly inspired by it, like Paul's piece. Would Paul's token have the same inscription?

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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2012, 12:16:55 AM »
And those are solder marks, I suppose, so that the piece could be worn on clothes. Good fun piece and indeed less abstract than the portrait on the coins, yet clearly inspired by it, like Paul's piece. Would Paul's token have the same inscription?


I thought they were both Paul's tokens.  The one in reply 17 has the same legend as the circulating coins; the one in reply 23 is the "long live" inscription.


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Re: Egyptian token with copied Metcalfe portrait
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2012, 01:17:33 AM »
Clarification - yes the two tokens that each have a Farouk portrait my pieces.

Thanks for the translations.

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