Egypt AH 1255(4) 20 qirsh

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Heritage sale 357, lot 13242
Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The coin shown is a ten qirsh, composition silver, from the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid. It was struck at the Cairo Mint. The obverse bears the toughra, or signature, of the sultan. Flower to the right of the toughra. Below the toughra is the denomination (qirsh), abbreviated as 'sh', with the number ten 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 extremely rare.

The coin pictured was lot 13262 in the 2004 September (HWCA) Signature Sale #357 by Heritage Auctions where it sold for $1840. The catalog description noted, "Abdul Mejid 20 Piastres 1255AH Year 4, lustrous XF, nice surfaces, vertical edge milling, one minor planchet flaw near the edge on the obverse. Choice condition for this rare and popular type. From the Lake Pearl Middle Eastern Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 14 g, 30 mm diameter, 0.833 silver.

Catalog reference: KM 232.


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  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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