Egypt AH 1255(4) 5 qirsh

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Kunker sale 199, lot 151

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

The example shown was sold as lot 151 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 1000 Euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 5 Kurush 1255 H., 4, Misr (Kairo). Von großer Seltenheit. Vorzüglich (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, Cairo mint. Silver five qirsh, accession date 1255, year 4. Of the highest rarity, extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 6.8-7.0g, 0.833 fine silver, this specimen 6,94 g.

Catalog reference: KM 229; Ölcer 31.444; Pere.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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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