Tunisia AH 1272 50 piastres

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions, lot 173

The coin shown is a gold fifty 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 173 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 550 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Tûnis 50 Riyal 1272 H., Tûnis. Mit Muhammad Bay (1272-1276 H.). R Kl. Randfehler, vorzüglich-Stempelglanz (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, Tunis mint, fifty riyals of AH 1272, rare, hairlines, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 9.84 g, 0.900 fine gold, 0.2847 oz AGW, this specimen 9.53 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-3, Fenina 330; KM 127; Ölcer 31.621; Pere -.


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

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