Tunisia AH 1248 8 kharub

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 33906
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This specimen was lot 33906 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $432. The catalog description[1] 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.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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