Turkey AH1255(6) 1/2 zeri mahbub

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Kunker sale 199, lot 13

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 possessions such as Egypt and Tunisia had already sought degrees of autonomy or were occupied by European forces. The Ottoman Empire came officially to and end after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was lot 13 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 1700 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen vor der Münzreform von 1845 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 1/2 Zeri mahbûb 1255 H., 6, Qustantînîya. GOLD. RR Vorzüglich-Stempelglanz Interessante Überschneidung der traditionellen Prägung der Tavsantas-Münzstätte und der neuen Reformprägungen in der Topkapi Münzstätte in Istanbul im Jahr 1844, welche nur für Paraprägung in Billon und die seltenen halben Zeri mahbûb belegt ist. (Ottoman Empire, pre-reform of 1845, gold half zeri mahbub of AH 1255, year 6, Constantinople mint. Rare, extremely fine to uncirculated. This is an interesting transitional piece struck during the monetory reform to the traditional standard.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 0.80 g. Gold, this specimen 0,79 g.

Catalog reference: KM 660; Ölcer 31.024; Pere 875.


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