Estimate: 150 000 USD
Price realized: 120 000 USD
World Coins, Egypt, British Protectorate (1914-1922), silver 20 piastres, 1920H, struck in the name of Sultan Fuad at the Heaton Mint, Birmingham, the Sultan's titles in bold Arabic script with accession date 1335h below, rev. value, date 1920/1338 in Latin and Arabic numerals, and mint mark H below (KM.328, plate coin), light grey original toning, certified and graded by NGC as Mint State 64 and of the highest rarity
This is the piece pictured in Krause & Mischler's Standard Catalog of World Coins.
The 1920H 20 piastres is one of only two examples struck by the Heaton Mint Birmingham. One was submitted to Sultan Fuad for approval and is now housed in the Mint Museum, Abbasiya, on the outskirts of Cairo. The second (this coin) was retained by the Birmingham Mint in their archive until their collection was de-acquisitioned in the mid-1970s. It then passed, via Spink & Son, into the hands of the famous American collector of British Colonial coins, Mr Richard J. Ford of Michigan. The coin returned to London for the sale by Spink & Son of the Ford Collection (Spink Coin Auction 88, lot 411) in October 1991, where the current owner acquired the piece. Finally, it is worth noting that in the book A Numismatic History of the Birmingham Mint by James O'Sweeny there is no reference to this coin. Details of all other 1920 issues are recorded.