Kursh taariffa means a piastre's change which was equal to half a piastre or five milliemes . The origin of this name is the five milliemes that was used in the thirties and early forties of the last century as the fare for most of the public transportation in Egypt . The ride fare is called tariff so the public dubbed the five milliemes coin Kursh taariffa and then shortened it to taariffa .