Egypt AH 1255(7) 5 para

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from the Ma’adi Collection
from the Ma’adi Collection
another specimen
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The coin shown is a copper five 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 five. A rose design sits right of the toughra, and below the denomination. The reverse carries the ascension date and the text minted in Misr (Misr is Arabic for Egypt). Roses and cinqfoils adorn the area around the script. The date is written as AH 1255 year 7, which translates to about 1845 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as rare. This is one of the first five para coins to be produced from milled planchets on modern machinery.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 6.4 g, copper.

Catalog reference: KM 223.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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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