Turkey AH1277(11) 500 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 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 211 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 1600 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 500 Kurush 1277 H., 11, Qustantînîya. Vorzüglich. (Ottoman Empire, Abd Al-Aziz, 1861-76, 500 kurush of 1277, year 11, Constantinople mint, extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 36,000.

Specifications: 36.08g, 0.917 gold, 1.0638 oz AGW, this specimen 36.13 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-23, KM 698; Ölcer 32.011; Pere 916.

Sources:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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.
  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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