Egypt AH 1187(2) 1 zeri mahbub

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photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This coin is a gold 1 zeri mahbub, struck during the reign of Abdul Hamid I. The date AH 1187/2 which translates to 1779 AD. During this period, coins minted in Egypt were very similar in appearance to those struck in other parts of the Ottoman Empire. The obverse features the royal cypher of the sultan.

This specimen was lot 13175 in the 2004 September (HWCA) Signature Sale #357 by Heritage Auctions. It sold on Sept 9, 2004 for $184. The catalog description noted, "Abdul Hamid I gold Zeri Mahbub 1187/2 = 1192AH (1779), superb brilliant UNC and an incredibly bold strike. It is difficult to imagine a superior example of this type! From the Lake Pearl Middle Eastern Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 2.6 g?, gold.

Catalog reference: KM 127.


  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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