Egypt AH 1255(3) 5 qirsh (gold)

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Kunker sale 199, lot 135

The coin shown is a gold five 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 5 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 1842 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as very rare.

The example shown was sold as part of lot 135 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 360 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 5 Kurush 1255 H., 1, 2 und 3, Misr (Kairo). 0,44; 0,41 und 0,40 g. 3 Stück. GOLD. Sehr schön (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, Cairo mint. Five qirsh, accession date 1255, years 1, 2 and 3. Very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 0.427g, 0.875 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-9; KM 230; Ölcer 31.361 & 363; Pere 884.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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