Egypt AH 1277(2) 100 qirsh

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Kunker sale 199, lot 268

The coin shown is a gold one hundred qirsh from the reign of Sultan Abdul Aziz. 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 100 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 1277 year 2, which translates to about 1861 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as very rare.

The example shown was sold as lot 268 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 480 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN 'ABD AL-'AZÎZ KHAN (TÜRKEI-TÜRKISCH: ABDÜLAZIZ HAN)) 15. DHÛ I-HIJJA 1277 - 5. JUMÂDÂ II 1293 H. 25. JUNI 1861 - 30. MAI 1876, GESTORBEN 5. JUNI 1876 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 100 Kurush 1277 H., 2, Misr (Kairo). GOLD. Sehr schön-vorzüglich (Ottoman coins of Abdul Aziz, 1861-76, Cairo mint. Gold hundred qirsh, AH 1277, year 2, very fine to extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 8.554 g, 0.875 fine gold, 0.2404 oz. AGW, this specimen 8.51 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-11, KM 263; Ölcer 32.422; Pere 921.

Sources:

  • 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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