Turkey AH1255(19) 2 kurush

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions

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 82 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 550 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 2 Kurush 1255 H., 19, Qustantînîya. Sehr seltener Jahrgang. Vorzüglich. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, silver two kurush of AH 1255, year 19, Constantinople mint. Very rare date, extremely fine)"

Recorded mintage: 275,000.

Specifications: 2.4055g, 0.830 silver, 0.0642 oz ASW, this specimen 2.39 g.

Catalog reference: KM 672; Ölcer 31.188; Pere 894.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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