Egypt AH 1293(33-H) 20 qirsh

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions

The coin shown is a silver twenty qirsh from the reign of Abdul Hamid II. It was struck at the Heaton 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 20 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 1293 year 33, which translates to about 1907 AD.

The example shown was presented as part of lot 618 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 80 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN 'ABD AL-HAMÎD KHAN II. (TÜRKEI-TÜRKISCH: ABDÜLHAMIT HAN) 10. SHA’BÂN 1293 - 6. RABÎ II 1327 H. 31. AUGUST 1876 - 27. APRIL 1909, GESTORBEN 10. FEBRUAR 1918 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 20 Kurush 1293 H., 31, 32 und 33, "Misr" (Kairo), geprägt in Birmingham, Mzz. H, Mit Blume neben der Tughra. 27,69; 27,42 und 27,41 g. 3 Stück. Sehr schön (Ottoman coins of Abdul Hamid II, 1876-1909, Cairo mint. Silver twenty qirsh of AH 1293, years 31, 32 and 33, Birmingham mint, with bloom near the toughra. Very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 300,000.

Specifications: 28.0 g, 0.833 fine silver, 0.750 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Pere 989, KM 296; Ölcer 34.626.


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