Tunisia AH 1281 5 piastres
The coin shown is a gold five 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 part of lot 351 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 110 euros. The catalog description has been lost.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: 0.98 g, 0.900 fine gold, 0.0284 oz. AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 162.
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