Turkey AH1277(12) 25 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 part of lot 235 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 320 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 25 Kurush 1277 H., 9, 11, 12 und 13, Qustantînîya. 1,80; 1,82; 1,79 und 1,69 g. 4 Stück. GOLD. Sehr schön und vorzüglich, das letzte mit kleinen Randfehlern (Ottoman Empire, Abd Al-Aziz, 1861-76, 25 kurush of 1277, years 9, 11, 12 and 13, Constantinople mint, four pieces, very fine to extremely fine, the last with rim nicks.)"

Recorded mintage: 122,000.

Specifications: 1.804 g, 0.9170 gold, 0.0532 oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-26, KM 694; Ölcer 32.072; Pere 920.

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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