Egypt AH 1255(15) 100 qirsh

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Heritage sale 3013, lot 17786
Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The coin shown is a gold hundred qirsh from the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid. It was struck at the Cairo Mint. The obverse bears the toughra, or signature, of the sultan. Below the toughra is the denomination (qirsh), abbreviated as 'sh', with the number 100 above. The reverse carries the ascension date and the text minted in Misr (Misr is Arabic for Egypt). The date is written as AH 1255 year 15, which translates to about 1852 AD.

The coin pictured was lot 17786 in Heritage Auction Galleries non-floor session #3013 (January 11, 2011). The catalog description notes, "Abdul Mejid gold 100 Qirsh AH 1255/15 (1854), AU, strong original luster."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 8.544 g, 0.875 fine gold, 0.2403 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 235.2.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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