Turkey AH1327(3) 50 kurush

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Turkey AH1327-3 50 kurush rev DC.jpg

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 1328-1332 (1910-14); some dates are listed with very low mintages. The last gold fifty kurush of this size was issued in 1929, under Ataturk's Republic.

Recorded mintage: 23,971.

Specification: 3.50 g, .917 fine gold, .103 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 764.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.

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