Tunisia AH 1272 13 nasri

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions

The coin shown is a copper 13 nasri 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 196 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 180 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Kupferprägungen der Münzstätte Tûnis 13 Nasrî (4 Kharruba) 1272 H., Tûnis. Mit Muhammad Bay (1271-1276 H.). Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. Fast Stempelglanz (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, copper thirteen nasri (four kharub), AH 1272, Tunis mint, very rare in this condition, choice mint state.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 23.00 g, copper, this specimen 21.43 g.

Catalog reference: Fenina 363; KM 115.1; Ölcer 31.801; Pere -.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.

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