Turkey AH1277(1) 250 kurush

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Kunker sale 199, lot 213

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 an end after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was lot 213 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 1100 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN 'ABD AL-'AZÎZ KHAN (TÜRKEI-TÜRKISCH: ABDÜLAZIZ HAN)) 15. DHÛ I-HIJJA 1277 - 5. JUMÂDÂ II 1293 H. 25. JUNI 1861 - 30. MAI 1876, GESTORBEN 5. JUNI 1876 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 250 Kurush 1277 H., 1, Qustantînîya. 17,97 g. Sehr schön Exemplar der Auktion UBS 57, Zürich 2003, Nr. 3218. (Ottoman Empire, Abd Al-Aziz, 1861-76, 250 kurush of 1277, year 1, Constantinople mint, very fine, from UBS sale 57, Zurich 2003, lot 3218.)"

Recorded mintage: 3,880.

Specifications: 18.04 g, 0.9170 gold, 0.5319 oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-24, KM 697; Ölcer 32.016; Pere 917.

Sources:

  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • 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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