Egypt AH 1255(6) 10 qirsh

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Kunker sale 199, lot 148

The coin shown is a silver ten 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 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). The date is written as AH 1255 year 6, which translates to about 1844 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as very rare.

The example shown was sold as lot 148 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 1300 Euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 10 Kurush 1255 H., 6, Misr (Kairo). Sehr selten, besonders in dieser Erhaltung. Vorzüglich + Exemplar der Auktion Baldwin, London 2006, Nr. 187 (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845. Silver ten qirsh of 1255, year 6. Very rare, especially in this condition, extremely fine plus. From Baldwin's sale (London, 2006), lot 187.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 13.6-14.0 g, 0.833 fine silver, 0.3749 ASW, this specimen 14,06 g.

Catalog reference: KM 231; Ölcer 31.426; 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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