Egypt AH 1277(2) 10 qirsh

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Kunker sale 199, lot 302

The coin shown is a silver ten 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 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 1277 year 2, which translates to about 1861 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as extremely rare.

The example shown was presented as lot 302 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 2000 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 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 10 Kurush 1277 H., 2, Misr (Kairo). RR Sehr schön + (Ottoman coins of Abdul Aziz, 1861-76, Cairo mint. Silver ten qirsh, AH 1277, year 2, rare, very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 14.0 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.4051 ASW, this specimen 13,85 g.

Catalog reference: KM 256; Ölcer 32.512.


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  • 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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