Monday, September 15, 2014

New Opening, Cairo: Coin museum to open at Saladin Citadel - Antiquities Minister

CAIRO: A coin museum displaying currency minted during the Islamic era will open by the end of late December at the Saladin Citadel, Al Ahram reported Tuesday.

“The museum, which will be the first of its kind in Egypt, will show the history of coins in the country and will be the seat of a collection of over 12,000 coins and medals covering Egypt’s Islamic era, starting from the Arab Conquest in 641 A.D. through the reign of King Farouk from 1937 to 1952,” Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty told Al-Ahram.

The mint at Saladin Citadel, also known as Dar al-Darb, was built in 1812 by Mohamed Ali Pasha (1805-1849) over an older mint, Islamic history professor at Cairo University’s Faculty of Art Nabil Saad told The Cairo Post Tuesday.

“The Center for Conservation & Preservation of Islamic Architectural Heritage in cooperation with UNESCO and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), have been carrying out renovation work at the Dar al-Darb since 2005,” said Saad.

Ayman Abdel-Megeed, head of the Antiquities Ministry’s Documentation Centre for Islamic Monuments, told Al-Ahram the restoration has been documented with more than 13,000 photographs and 22 hours of video showing the monument before and after restoration.
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