Turkey AH1255(22) 20 kurush
This specimen was lot 1132 in Classical Numismatic Group's sale of the Lissner Collection (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $1,573. The catalog description noted, "TURKEY, Ottoman Empire. 'Abd al-Majid I. AH 1255-1277 / AD 1839-1861. AR 20 Kurush – 20 Piastres. Qustantiniya (Constantinople) mint. Dually dated RY 22 and accession year AH 1255 (AD 1861). In NGC encapsulation graded MS 64. Choice uncirculated with light overall toning and lustrous surfaces." 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.
Recorded mintage: 624,000.
Specification: 24.055 g, .830 fine silver, this specimen Ø38 mm, 24.02 g, 12h axis.
Catalog reference: KM 676; Davenport 403.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Teller, M. Louis, and Victor England, Jr., The Richard Lissner Collection, Lancaster, PA: Classical Numismatic Group, 2014.