Tunisia AH 1299 2 piastres

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Sincona sale 31, lot 177

This specimen was lot 177 in Sincona sale 31 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 2,800 CHF (about US$3,324 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "OTTOMAN TUNIS | Transitional Coinage 2 riyals 1299ah (1882ce) AR RRR Fdc. Beginning with the year 1298ah (1881ce), during the regency of Muhammed al-Sadiq Bey, the name of the Ottoman Sultan no longer appears on Tunisian coins. Henceforth, only the name of the reigning Bey is to be read on the obverse. The French Protectorate was founded that same year although decimal coinage was not introduced until 1308ah (1891ce)." This rare type was struck the one year only.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.4 g, silver, this specimen 6.13 g.

Catalog reference: Fen 521, KM 203.


  • [1]Jürg Richter and Ralph W. Miller, Tunisian Coins and Medals: The Miller Collection, Auction 31, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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