Egypt’s King Farouk is remembered by the hobby fraternity today for
the famed coin collection that he built before being deposed in 1952.
His collection included a 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagle,
and the auction of his collection in 1954 (minus that coin) drew
collectors from around the world.
During headier times, in 1938, the king celebrated his marriage that
year to Farida of Egypt with commemorative gold 20-, 50-, 100- and
One of those 1938 Royal Wedding coins, a Proof 500-piastre piece
graded Proof 65 by NGC, realized $7,050 during Heritage Auction's
April 10 to 12, 2014, auction in Chicago, a bit less than the
$7,931.25 realized for a Proof 65 Cameo example in the same sale, but
better than a Proof 62 piece with slight handling that realized $5,581.25.
A collector unfamiliar with the language of the coin’s inscriptions
would have no way of knowing that the coins celebrate a wedding, since
only the king is shown on the obverse. The marriage would end in a
divorce in 1948, and four years later the king would be exiled.