Egypt AH 1255(4) 50 qirsh

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Kunker sale 199, lot 129

The coin shown is a gold fifty 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 50 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 4, which translates to about 1842 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as very rare.

The example shown was sold as lot 129 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 220 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 50 Kurush 1255 H., 4, Misr (Kairo). GOLD. R Randschläge, sehr schön (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, Cairo mint, gold fifty qirsh, AH 1255, year 4, rim nicks, very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 4.272 g, 0.875 fine gold, 0.1202 AGW, this specimen 4.27 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-6, KM 234.1; Ölcer 31.327; Pere. 882.


  • 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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