Would like Origin of a silver coin a little larger than a quarter with a bust of a 3 or 4 star general with a large receeding hair line The marks on the coin are foreign either African or Egyptian?

Tough to tell based on your description, but it sounds like it may be an old Ethiopian coin. Take a look at the following (http://www.wcoins.com/imagegallery/Ethiopia.htm) and select the 1936 50 cent coin.