Egypt AH 1255(3) 1 qirsh

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Heritage sale 357, part of lot 13250
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The coin shown is a silver one 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, with the denomination written below (abbreviated as the letter 'sh' for qirsh) with the number one above. A crude floral design sits right of the toughra. 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 3, which translates to about 1841 AD. Uslu[1] lists this year as very rare.

This example was part of lot 13250 and sold on Sept 9, 2004 at the 2004 September (HWCA) Signature Sale #357 for $316.25. The catalog description reads: "Abdul Mejid Piastre 1255AH, five choice examples of this scarce type: Regnal year 1, toned UNC, tiny spot, Year 2 AU, Year 3 toned UNC, Year 5 toned UNC and Year 7, deeply toned AU. From the Lake Pearl Middle Eastern Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 1.42 g, 0.833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 228.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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