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Sincona sale 59, lot 2435
This specimen was lot 2435 in Sincona sale 59 (Zurich, October 2019), where it sold for 225 CHF (about US$273 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"OSMANISCHES REICH | Muhammad V., 1327-1336 H./1909-1918 AD, 25 Kurush 1327 H./Jahr 3, Qustantînîya. Tughra neben monogrammiertem rashâd über dem Regierungsjahr auf Lorbeerzweigen und Pfeilköchern, Münzstättenangabe und Datum des Regierungsanfangs. FDC. (Turkey, Muhammed V, 1909-18, twenty-five kurush of AH 1327, year 3, Constantinople mint. Obverse: Tughra next to monogrammed reshâd over the regnal year on laurel branches and quivers, reverse: mintmark and accession date. Uncirculated.)"
This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Muhammed V (r. 1909-18). This denomination was introduced during the rule of Sultan Abdul Mejid (r. 1839-61). Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1327 (= 1909 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 3 (= AH 1329 = Jan. 1911-Dec. 1911). The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year. This type was issued AH 1327-1332 (1909-14); some dates are listed with very low mintages. The last gold 25 kurush of this size was issued in 1929, under Ataturk's Republic.

Recorded mintage: 249,416.

Specification: 1.80 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 1.76 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-54. KM 752. Ölcer 35.047. Pere 1027. Sultan coll. 693.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 59: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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