Egypt AH 1277(5) 100 qirsh

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Kunker sale 199, lot 270

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 5, which translates to about 1864 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as very rare.

The example shown was sold as lot 270 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 360 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., 5, Misr (Kairo). GOLD. Vorzüglich (Ottoman coins of Abdul Aziz, 1861-76, Cairo mint. Gold hundred qirsh, AH 1277, year 5, 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 32.425; Pere 921.

Sources:

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