Turkey AH 1102 1/2 kurush
This specimen was lot 33359 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $384. The catalog description noted, "Ottoman Empire. Ahmed II 1/2 Kurush AH 1102 (1690/1) XF40 PCGS, Constantinople mint (in Turkey). A very rare fraction from Ahmed's reign, exhibiting near perfect centering on the obverse, pleasant and legible engraving on the whole, and comparatively few imperfections in the planchet. Ex. Dr. Hans Wilski Collection. From the Engelen Collection of World Coinage." Ahmed II reigned only four years and his coinage is scanty. In addition to this yarim kurush, we note a kurush (KM 96) and a gold sherifi altin (KM 99, KM 100). Ahmed had to cope with the aftermath of the loss of Hungary in the 1680's. The recapture of Belgrade in 1690 temporarily stabilized the situation but a defeat at the Battle of Slankamen cost the life of Grand Vizier Köprülü Fazıl Mustafa Pasha, the sultan's best commander.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 9.35 g, silver, this specimen 29 mm diameter, 9.38 g.
Catalog reference: KM 107, ICV-3236, UBK-3.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.