Egyptian Gold Marks

© 2009 Translated by Ayman Hammouda-Eyre

Egyptian Gold Mar

Egyptian Gold Marks

Egyptian Silver Mark
Egyptian Silver Marks
Egyptian Platinum Mark
Egyptian Platinum Marks

The Assay & Weights Administration is the controlling authority of Egyptian gold marks and examining and appraising precious metals in Egypt today.

Ancient Egypt was one of the oldest civilizations on earth and the Ancient Egyptians, the original stone masons were experts in weights and measurements.

As Ancient Egyptian jewelry testifies, the Ancient Egyptians understood the importance of precious metals and gemstones, and we know from ancient history that their kings and queens and royalty used them as ornaments. Even modern kings and queens of Egypt understood the influential role Ancient Egyptian Jewelry can play. Be amazed, read about the Mubarak Egyptian Collection of Jewelry and precious objects Here...

Although an Ancient Egyptian gold marking system hasn't been completely unravelled on Egyptian antique gold jewelry, Egyptian archaeologists do know that the Ancient Egyptians established certain protocols and regulations to assure the accuracy of these criteria were met, even back then.

The Ancient Egyptians recognized that besides using gold and gemstones as ornaments these jewels and metals could also be used as a method of saving.

Learn more about the oldest and safest way to invest in gold.

Modern Historical Background

  • In July 1847 during the reign of Abbass the first king of modern Egypt, in an effort to regulate the jewelry craft and trade, the very first law was put forward, intended to enforce the regulation of applying Egyptian hallmarks on jewelry to determine the fineness or carat of gold and silver.
  • Applying Egyptian marks on gold, silver and platinum was however voluntary at that time.
  • On the 20th April 1891, an official body for regulating the jewelry industry was officially formed.
  • Things began to get more serious though when another bill concerning Egyptian hallmarks was put forward in 1913, during the reign of Khidewi Abbass Helmi the second.
  • In 1914, from the central regulation body grew several branches of the administration authority within the different states of Egypt.
  • A bill was passed in 1916, making the hallmarking of Egyptian gold, silver and platinum jewelry compulsory.
  • In 1936, the Weights and Assay administrations which were two separate bodies in Egypt combines to form the Administration of Assays and Weights - the AAW.
  • In 1946, the administration of Assay and Weights established:

    Egyptian standard mark for 1. Gold: Seagull

    Egyptian standard mark for 2. Silver: Lotus Flower

    Egyptian standard mark for 3. Platinum: King Mina's crown. (see symbols at the top of this page)

To locate a branch of the Administrative Authority of Assays and Weights in Egypt, contact the Egyptian Ministry of Trade & Industry. The link can be found in the Jewelry Resources.

Translated from Arabic to English:

http://www.mfti.gov.eg/affiliates/National_Productivity/AssayWeights/A04.htm

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