Turkey AH1255(4) 1 altin

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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 lot 4 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 260 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen vor der Münzreform von 1845 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya Mamdûhîye Altin (Yirmilik) 1255 H., 4, Qustantînîya. GOLD. Prachtexemplar. Stempelglanz. (Ottoman Empire, pre-reform of 1845, gold altin of AH 1255, year 4, Constantinople mint. Mint state.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: gold, 1.58-1.60 g, this specimen 1.56 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-13, KM 659; Ölcer 31.004; Pere 872.


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  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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