Algeria AH 1238 2 budju
Algeria formed part of the Ottoman Empire from 1518 AD (AH 924). However, as the centuries wore on, the region became a haven for piracy and was only nominally ruled by the Turks. France ruled Algeria since conquering it in the 1840's and many Frenchmen had emigrated there and set up farms, businesses, etc. However, the German occupation of France during World War Two fatally weakened French control and the native Muslim majority began to resist discrimination and oppression. Finally, after an eight year war, president Charles de Gaulle braved the wrath of the French right wing and granted Algeria independence in 1962.
The specimen shown is a two budju from AH 1238 (1823 AD). These silver denominations were reduced in weight starting in 1821 AD.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: silver, about 20 g.
Catalog reference: KM 75.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.