Egypt AH 1255(5) 10 para
The coin shown is a silver ten 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 letter P for para) with the number 10 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). Uslu lists this issue as rare. This specimen was lot 499 in Stephen Album sale 32 (Santa Rosa, CA, September 2018), where it sold for $164.50. The catalog description noted, "EGYPT: Abdul Mejid, 1839-1861, AR 10 para, Misr, AH1255 year 5, NGC graded MS64." This type was struck years 1-20 and 23. Copper 10 paras were issued years 15-16.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: 0.37 g, .833 fine silver, 15 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 225.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 32, featuring the Don Erickson Collection of German Coins, Part II and the Hazerfans Collection of Ottoman Empire Coins, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.