Tunisia AH 1244 2 piastres

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Sincona sale 31, lot 59

This specimen was lot 59 in Sincona sale 31 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 475 CHF (about US$564 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "OTTOMAN TUNIS | Mahmud II (1223-1255ah/1808-1839ce) 2 riyals 1244ah (1828ce) Bi bold xf." This type was struck AH 1244-1248 in the name of Mahmud II in Constantinople. It is very scarce in nice condition and the first of its denomination. Sixteen kharub made a piastre or riyal, the largest silver coin issued in Tunisia prior to this type.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: billon, 23 g, 39 mm diameter, this specimen 23.29 g.

Catalog reference: Fen 230, KM 93.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Jürg Richter and Ralph W. Miller, Tunisian Coins and Medals: The Miller Collection, Auction 31, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.

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