Egypt AH 1187(5) or AH(119)1 1 para

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from the Ma’adi Collection
from the Ma’adi Collection

The coin shown is a 1 para, composition billon, from the reign of Abdul Hamid I. It is a crudely hammered coin, produced at the Cairo Mint. The obverse features the toughra, or signature, of the sultan, while the reverse shows the ascension date and the text 'minted in Misr' (Misr is Egypt). The ascension date is written as AH 1187, and the only indication of the year of striking is the number 1, which must be inferred to mean AH 1191. This translates to about 1777 AD.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 0.3-0.4 g, billon.

Catalog reference: KM 121.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Valentine, W.H., Modern Copper Coins of the Muhammadan States, London: Spink and Sons, 1911.

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