Tunisia AH 1248 8 kharub
This specimen was lot 33906 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $432. The catalog description noted, "Mahmud II 8 Kharub AH 1248 (1833) MS63 NGC, Tunis mint. An elusive type in an almost unheard-of grade. Certainly a rare opportunity for the connoisseur of Islamic coinage." This type was struck AH 1240-1254 in the name of Mahmud II in Constantinople. It is scarce in nice condition. Eight kharub made a half piastre or riyal, the largest silver coin issued in Tunisia prior to the reform of 1839.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: billon, 5 g, 26 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 89.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.