Egypt AH 1293(18) 1/10 qirsh
The coin shown is a 1/10 qirsh, composition copper-nickel, from the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. The obverse bears the toughra, or signature, of the sultan, with the year of issue written below (as in year during the reign of the sultan, in this case year 18). A flower design is to the right of the toughra. The reverse carries peripheral text including the phrase 'minted in Misr'. The large arabic 1 in the center symbolizes the fraction over 10 (1/10). Below this is the ascension year of Sultan Abdul Hamid II, AH 1293. The date of the coin translates to 1892 AD. Uslu lists this issue as rare.
This denomination represents a member of a coinage reform started in 1884 AD. Previous to that date, with a value less than 1 qirsh were given in the unit 'para'. All fractional qirshes after 1884 were given values directly proportional to one qirsh, e.g. 1/40 qirsh, 1/20 qirsh, 1/10 qirsh, etc. This suite of denominations was continued until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and subsequent loss of influence in Egypt, in 1914 AD.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: KM 289.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.