Tunisia AH 1353 20 francs

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from the Ma’adi Collection
from the Ma’adi Collection

This type was struck in AH 1353-1356 in the name of Ahmad Pasha Bey. By this point in Tunisian history, the Ottomans had lost influence and France had gained control through debt ownership, making the Tunisia a protectorate. Starting in AH 1308/1891 AD, all coins began showing both Arabic and French legends, and the denominations were decimalized. All minting during the French protectorate period occurred in Paris (note the privy mark). This issue was struck to the standard of the French twenty francs of 1929-39.

Recorded mintage: 1,250,000.

Specification: 20 g, 0.680 silver, 0.4372 ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 263.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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