Egypt
units of mass

Standard of Cairo
 

heml

Qant'âr Skandriyya, or Alexandrian qantar

1 11/14

         

hamla

1 13/15

3 1/3

     

qantar

1 2/3

2 1/3 

5 5/9

   

oke

36

60

112

200

rotl or rottolo

2 7/9

100

166 2/3

311 1/9

555 5/9

okia

12

33 1/3

1200

2000

3733 1/3

6666 2/3

dirhem

12

144

400

14,400

24,000

44,800

80,000

older value

2.99

35.9

430.9

1.1969

43.09

71.81

134.05

239.38

mid-19th c²

3.15

37.8

453.5*

1.2596

45.35

75.58

141.08

251.92

just before metrication³

3.12

37.44

449.28

1.248

44.928

74.88

139.776

249.6

metrified, circa 1891

3.125

37.5

450

1.25

45

75

140

250

according to (1), 1952

3.12
g

37.44
g

449.28
g

1.248
kg

44.928
kg

74.880
kg

139.775
kg

249.600
kg

* This is the English pound avoirdupois.

1. Saâdeddine Bencheneb.
Mesures et poids actullement en usage en Egypte.
Bulletin des études arabes, vol. 12, page 106 (Sept-Dec 1952.)

2. Doursther, page 467. Tate.

3. Louis B. Grant.
Egyptian Weights and Measures.
Reports of the Consuls of the United States. Vol. XL.
No. 144. September, 1892.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1892.
Page 136.

 

Weights for precious substances

       

mithkal

     

magar

1 1/3

   

dirhem

1 1/8

 

kirat

16

18

24

kamha

4

64

72

96

48.75
mg

195
mg

3.12
g

3.51
g

4.68
g

Saâdeddine Bencheneb.
Mesures et poids actullement en usage en Egypte.
Bulletin des études arabes, vol. 12, page 106 (Sept-Dec 1952.)

       

mitkal

     

dirhem

   

keerat

24

36

 

habbeh

3

48

72

kamhah

1 1/3

4

64

96

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