Tunisia AH 1281 8 kharub (silver)

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Kunker sale 199, lot 367

The coin shown is a silver eight kharub 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 367 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 440 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 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Tûnis 1/2 Riyal (8 Kharruba) 1281 H., Tûnis. Mit Namen des Muhammad as-Sâdiq Bay (1276-1299 H.). RR Stempelglanz (Ottoman coins of Abdul Aziz, Tunis mint, silver half riyal (8 kharub) of AH 1281, in the name of Muhammad al-Sadiq, very rare, uncirculated.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 1.80 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.0559 oz. ASW, this specimen 1.56 g.

Catalog reference: Fenina -; KM 160; Ölcer 32.885; Pere 945.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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