Khedive's Egyptian Star, issued in 1889

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Obverse, the Sphinx facing out with three pyramids behind it in a circle, on a downward five-pointed bronze star with milled edges, suspended from bar with wheat-ear ornament and an upturned crescent around a star as the device of the suspender

Image["Khedive's Egyptian Star, 1889"]

Reverse, the monogram inscription of Khedive Tewfik Pasha of Egypt surmounted by a crown, all enclosed in a circle

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Khedive's Egyptian Star, 1889

Most of the battles in the final years of British influence in Egypt were rewarded with issues of the Egyptian Medal, but the Egyptian Khedive Tewfik Pasha showed his gratitude for British help with issues of his own bronze star for the campaigns in his kingdom.
Most of the issues of the Star bore the date of the campaign for which they were awarded. The last, which covered fighting against the so-called Dervish forces of the Mahdiyyat régime in Sudan near Suakim in 1887 and on the Nile in 1889, was however issued undated, and was not matched by any corresponding British award.
The medal is also unnamed, so we do not know who its recipient was. Lester Watson acquired it at some point before 1928.


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