Tunisia AH 1281 10 piastres

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions, lot 350

The coin shown is a gold ten piastres from the reign of Sultan Abdul Aziz, minted in Tunis. 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.

This specimen was lot 350 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 140 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN 'ABD AL-'AZÎZ KHAN (TÜRKEI-TÜRKISCH: ABDÜLAZIZ HAN)) 15. DHÛ I-HIJJA 1277 - 5. JUMÂDÂ II 1293 H. 25. JUNI 1861 - 30. MAI 1876, GESTORBEN 5. JUNI 1876 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Tûnis 10 Riyal 1281 H., Tûnis (Paris). Mit dem Dey von Tûnis Muhammad as-Sâdiq. Sehr schön (Ottoman coins of Abdul Aziz, Tunis mint, gold ten riyals of AH 1281, in the name of Muhammad al-Sadiq, very fine.)"
This type of AH 1280-1288 is among the more affordable gold coins of Tunisia.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 1.97 g, 0.900 fine gold, 0.0570 oz. AGW, this specimen 1.92 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-7, Fenina 409; KM 150; Ölcer 32.754; Pere -.


  • 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.

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