Egypt AH 1293(1) qirsh KM-270
The coin shown is a silver qirsh from the reign of Sultan Murad V. This sultan was in power for only a few months before he was deposed, the official explanation being that he was mentally ill. 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 1 above. The reverse carries the ascension date and the text minted in Misr (Misr is Arabic for Egypt). The date is written as AH 1293 year 1, which translates to about 1876 AD. Uslu lists this issue as extremely rare.
The first coin shown was lot 13318 and sold on Sept 9, 2004 for $276 at the 2004 September (HWCA) Signature Sale #357 by Heritage Auctions. The catalog description reads: "Murad V Piastre 1293AH Year 1, crude VF-XF, lightly cleaned but appears lustrous. Very bold details which are critical on this type in order to read the Murad in the tughra. Rare type and a desirable example. Murad ruled for only three months in 1876 before he has deposed by Abdul Hamid II. From the Lake Pearl Middle Eastern Collection."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: 0.900 silver.
Catalog reference: KM 270.
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