Egypt AH 1255(4) 1 para
The coin shown is a copper para, 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 Arabic letter P for para) with the number five. 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 4, which translates to about 1842 AD. Uslu lists this issue as very rare.
The coin shown was sold along with two other 1 paras as lot 13244 on Sept 9, 2004 at the 2004 September (HWCA) Signature Sale #357, where the group saw $80.50. The catalog description reads: "Abdul Mejid Copper Para 1255AH, three dates of this scarce type: Year 4, Fine with surface oxidation, Year 5 Fine with attempted puncture, and Year 6, VF cleaned long ago and now with appearance of luster. From the Lake Pearl Middle Eastern Collection."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: 1.2g, copper.
Catalog reference: KM 220.
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