Turkey AH1336(2) 500 kurush

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 31766
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This specimen was lot 31766 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,440. The catalog description[1] noted, "Muhammad VI gold 500 Kurush AH 1336 Year 2 (1919) UNC Detail (Mount Removed) PCGS, Constantinople mint. Boldly struck and lightly toned with vertical hairlines from past cleaning that run through the semi-prooflike fields. While noted on the PCGS insert, no evidence of the former mount, or its removal, is visible inside the holder. A scarce type in any quality with a listed value of $2,400 in XF in the Standard Catalog of World Coins." This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Muhammed VI (r. 1918-23). This coin is the only 500 kurush of Muhammed VI, the last Ottoman sultan, and the Ataturk regime struck only a few more in the 1920's. Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1336 (= 1918 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 2 (= 1918 A.D.). The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year.

Recorded mintage: 22,192.

Specification: 36.08 g, .917 fine gold, 1.063 troy oz AGW, this specimen 36.00 g.

Catalog reference: Schl. 744, Fr-184 (formerly Fr-70), KM 823.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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