Egypt AH 1277(2) 5 qirsh

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Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The coin shown is a silver five 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. Below the toughra is the denomination (qirsh), abbreviated as 'sh', with the number 5 above. 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 coin pictured was part of lot 13292 and sold on Sept 9, 2004 at the 2004 September (HWCA) Signature Sale #357 by Heritage Auctions for $126. The catalog description noted, "Abdul Aziz 5 Piastres 1277AH, a very scarce trio including: Year 2, nice AVF.... From the Lake Pearl Middle Eastern Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 6.2 g, 0.8330 silver.

Catalog reference: KM 254.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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