Turkey AH1255(18) 20 kurush

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Kunker sale 199, lot 67

The Ottoman empire formed in the 1300’s and went through several centuries of expansion to the east and west. By the 1700’s Ottoman political and military power was waning, despite the large geographical extent of its possessions. By the mid-1800’s, several provinces such as Egypt and Tunisia had already sought degrees of autonomy or were occupied by European forces. The Ottoman Empire collapsed after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was part of lot 67 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 200 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 20 Kurush (Majîdîya Riyâl) 1255 H., 18 und 20, Qustantînîya. Alle mit großer Reversaufschrift. 23,40 und 23,21 g. 2 Stück. Sehr schön und schön. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, silver twenty kurush of AH 1255, year 18 and 20, Constantinople mint. Two pieces, Very fine and fine, both with large lettering.)"

Recorded mintage: 340,000.

Specifications: 24.055 g, 0.830 silver, 0.6419 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 676; Ölcer 31.144; Pere 891.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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