Turkey 1960 2-1/2 lira

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photo courtesy Wm Rosenblum

These 2½ lira coins (KM 893.1, struck 1960-68, and KM 893.2, issued 1969-80) featured Ataturk striding over the trenches of World War One. This type is listed as expensive in uncirculated; we reserve judgment as stainless steel coins are notoriously difficult to grade. This specimen is from a recent William Rosenblum mail bid sale (Littleton, CO, November 2012).

Recorded mintage: 4,015,000.

Specification: 12 g, stainless steel, 30 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 893.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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