Egypt AH 1255(4) 1 qirsh

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Heritage sale, lot 74216
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. Below the toughra is the denomination (qirsh), abbreviated as 'sh', with the number 1 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 4, which translates to about 1842 AD. Uslu[1] lists this date as very rare.

The coin pictured was lot 74216 in a Heritage Auction Galleries sale of June 4, 2007. The catalog description noted, "Abdul Mejid Kurush (Piastre) 1255/4, nice toned UNC, scarce."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 1.42 g, 0.833 silver.

Catalog reference: KM 228.


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  • Valentine, W.H., Modern Copper Coins of the Muhammadan States, London: Spink and Sons, 1911.
  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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