The Nefertiti Bust: 5 Piastres Signature Hassanein (Egypt, 2001)-Article

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

This Egyptian banknote represents the smallest denomination of the Egyptian Pound. Egyptian currency uses a somewhat complex dual naming system. Known as the “Genēh Maṣri”, in Egyptian Arabic. The Egyptian Pound is sub-divided into 100 Piastres, known locally as “Ersh”. Historically the Pound (Genēh) was further sub-divided, into 1,000 Millieme (Mallīm). The Millieme denomination has since retired, it was last issued in 1976.


The observe features the famous Nefertiti Bust, along with Arabic script and the number 5 in Eastern Arabic numerals. The observe's header features the text "جمهورية مصر العربية", “أوراق عملة رسمية”, and "خمسة قروش". This text translates to, “The Arab Republic of Egypt”, “Official Currency Note”, and "Five Piasters" respectively. The lowermost Arabic text is "صدرت بمقتضى القانون رقم ٥٠ سنة ١٩٤٠". Which translates to “Issued under law No. 50/1940".

The note's value is expressed twice in Eastern Arabic Numerals. There is a single number "٥" (5), located on the upper left and right corner. The note's serial is listed twice along note's bottom. The serial number translates to “965465” in Western Arabic/Standard Numerals. Note that the Arabic writing system is read backwards.


The reverse is bilingual, written in English and Arabic, with Western Arabic/Standard numerals. The reverse features a number of overlapping Guilloché and other engraving patterns.There is a single line of Arabic text, "جمهورية مصر العربية". This text translates to, “The Arab Republic of Egypt”.

Egyptian Finance Minister Medhat A. Hassanein's signature is featured on the note's center. Backed by a large “5” Guilloché engraving. The note's value is expressed 5 mores times, once explicitly as “5 Piastres” (left). With a single number “5” located on each corner. The watermark features the famous Pharaoh Tutankhaten's (King Tut) Golden Mask.

Additional Notes

  • This note's dimensions are 96 × 55 mm (3.78 x 2.17 in), which has been the standard 5 Piastres note size since 1971.

  • This note was printed in 2001 and was issued from 2002-2006. It was succeed by the 5 Piastres coin, which was abolished in 2008.

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