Tunisia AH 1272 10 piastres

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions, lot 176

The coin shown is a gold ten piastres from the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid, minted in Tunis. After AH 1272, all coins mentioned the local ruler (or Bey) of Tunis, along with the Ottoman sultan. 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 lot 176 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 380 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Tûnis 10 Riyal 1272 H., Tûnis. Mit Muhammad Bay (1272-1276 H.). R Stempelglanz (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, Tunis mint, ten riyals of AH 1272, rare, uncirculated)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 1.97 g, 0.900 fine gold, 0.0570 oz AGW, this specimen 2.07 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-7, Fenina 340; KM 124; Ölcer 31.663; Pere -.


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

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