Egypt AH1327 (6)-H 5 qirsh

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from the Ma’adi Collection
from the Ma’adi Collection
from Goldberg sale 98, lot 2797
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The coin shown is a silver five qirsh from the reign of Sultan Mehmed V. The obverse bears the toughra, or signature, of the sultan, with the denomination written below. A flower design is to the right of the toughra. The mintmark H is at the base, the mintmark of the Heaton Mint. The reverse carries the year of mintage (year 6 of reign) followed by the script 'minted in Misr' (Egypt). The year of accession (1327) is written below, and all the foregoing is enclosed by a wreath. The date of the coin translates to 1913 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as common.

The second specimen was lot 2797 in Goldberg sale 98 (Los Angeles, June 2017), where it sold for $152.75. The catalog description[2] noted, "Egypt. 5 Qirsh, AH1327/6 (1913). A golden tone and choice. NGC graded MS-65. WINGS."

This denomination represents a member of a coinage reform started in 1884 AD. Previous to that date, with a value less than one qirsh were given in the unit 'para'. Though fractional qirshes were treated differently than previous years, qirshes and their multiples resembled pre-reform designs and compositions. The difference was the introduction of copper-nickel 1 qirshes in certain years. This suite of denominations was continued until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and subsequent loss of influence in Egypt, in 1914 AD.

Recorded mintage: 7,400,000.

Specifications: 7.0 g, 0.833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 308.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.
  • [2]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 98: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2017.