Tunisia AH 1289 2 piastres

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions, lot 361

The coin shown is a silver two 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 361 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 120 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 2 Riyal 1289 H., Tûnis. Mit Namen des Muhammad as-Sâdiq Bay (1276-1299 H.), ohne Gegenstempel. R Prägebedingte Unregelmäßigkeiten am Rand, vorzüglich (Ottoman coins of Abdul Aziz (1861-76) and Bey Muhammad al-Sadiq (AH 1276-1299), Tunis mint, silver two riyals of AH 1289, without counterstamp, rare, extremely fine.)"
This type of AH 1279-1284 is rather expensive in nice condition.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 6.40 g, 0.835 fine silver, 0.1718 oz. ASW, this specimen 5.91 g.

Catalog reference: Fenina 440; KM 147a; Ölcer 32.852; Pere 943.

Sources:

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

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