Turkey AH1255(15) 20 kurush
This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid (r. 1839-61). Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1255 (= 1839 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 15 (AH 1269 = October 1852-October 1853). The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year. This type was issued AH 1260-1269 (1844-52). The silver twenty kurush was last issued to this standard in 1918.
Recorded mintage: 797,000.
Specification: 24.05 g, .830 fine silver, .641 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 675, Dav-403.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.