Tunisia AH 1266 5 piastres

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions

The coin shown is a silver five piastres from the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid, minted in Tunis. Tunisia was under the control of the Ottomans for centuries until lack of financial resources forced it into dependence on France, which made it a protectorate in 1881.

This specimen was part of lot 178 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 170 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Tûnis 5 Riyal 1266 und 1267 H., Tûnis. 2 Stück. Sehr schön und vorzüglich (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, silver five riyals, AH 1266 and 1267, Tunis mint, very fine and extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 16.0 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.463 oz ASW, this specimen 15.38 g.

Catalog reference: Fenina 291; KM 108; Ölcer 31.714; Pere -.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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