Tunisia AH 1281 100 piastres

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Sincona sale 59, lot 2387
This specimen was lot 2387 in Sincona sale 59 (Zurich, October 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"OSMANISCHES REICH | ´Abd al-´Azîz, 1277-1293 H./1861-1876 AD, 100 Riyal 1281 H., Tûnis. Auftragsprägung der Mzst. Paris Titel und Namen des 'Abd al-'Azîz Khân zwischen Zweigen, Namen des Bay über Münzstätte, Wert und Datum. Sehr schön. Fassungsspuren auf dem Revers. (Turkey, Abdul Aziz, 1861-76, gold hundred piastres of AH 1281, Tunis mint. Very fine, Traces of jewelry [mount] on reverse.)"
The coin shown is a gold hundred piastres from the reign of Sultan Abdul Aziz, minted in Tunis. It was struck AH 1279-1286 from dies made at the Heaton mint. After AH 1272, all coins mentioned the local ruler (or Bey) of Tunis, along with the Ottoman sultan. For the issues AH 1276 onward, the local Bey was Muhammad al-Sadiq. 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 19.68 g, .900 fine gold, this specimen 19.37 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-1, Fenina 385, KM 149, Ölcer 32.703, Pere -, Sultan coll. 345.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 59: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2019.

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