Egypt AH 1277(5) 1 qirsh

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions

The coin shown is a silver one 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 1 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 part of lot 325 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it did not sell. 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) Kurush (Qirsh) 1277 H., 5, 6, 7, 8 und 9, Misr (Kairo). 1,27; 1,23; 1,31; 1,22 und 1,20 g. 5 Stück. Sehr schön und vorzüglich (Ottoman coins of Abdul Aziz, 1861-76, Cairo mint. silver one qirsh, AH 1277, years 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9, very fine to extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: About 1.21 g, 0.833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 250; Ölcer 32.549, Pere 939.


  • 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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