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coronation of King Faisal
Issued to commemorate the coronation of King Faisal II
ibn Ghazi on 2 May 1953. Faisal had been on the throne
under a tightly controlled regency (under the
management of Amir Abd Ilah and Nuri al-Said) since
his father's death in 1939. Established: 1953. Was
struck both by the Royal Mint (London, England) and by
Huguenin (La Loche, Switzerland). Obverse: Circular 32
mm medal (patterned after the British medal for the
coronation of Queen Elizabeth II), King Faisal II
facing right. Suspended by a ring. The medal was
produced both by the Royal Mint in London and the
Huguenin Company (Le Locle, Switzerland) with slightly
different designs. For example, the legend "HUGUENIN"
appears in faint letters underneath the king's head on
the Swiss-made variety. Reverse: Crown with royal
cipher of two interlinked Arabic "F"s above; these are
much more stylized (almost unrecognizably so) on the
Hugelin striking than on the Royal Mint striking.
Arabic inscription: "Towija sanah 1372 H. - 1953 M."
or "Coronation Year 1372 H. - 1953 M.". The Hugenin
striking omits the hyphen in the date. Ribbon:
Maroon/red, with thin white, green, white edge
stripes. The ribbon was slightly different on the
English and Swiss strikings. English ribbon: ???;
Swiss ribbon: 39 mm, 27 mm maroon center with white
and green edge stripes of 2 mm (2 mm white, 2 mm
green, 2 mm white, 27 mm maroon, 2 mm white, 2 mm
green, 2 mm white). Awards: The Royal Mint silver
medal was struck in 5000 specimens.
Royal Mint variety - silver, small head (16 x 24 mm)
and plain rim to obverse - the reverse inscription has
a hyphen between the dates
The Royal Mint silver medal was struck in 5000
specimens in 1953.
I had sellers looking all
over Bagdad, Iraq for it and they found it for me
yesterday it took them 4 months to find it.
From the Lorenzo Luna collection
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