Turkey AH 1187(2) zeri mahbub

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Kunker sale 294, lot 3291
This specimen was lot 3291 in Künker sale 294 (Osnabruck, Germany, July 2017), where it sold for €300 (about US$404 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TÜRKEI, Abdul Hamid I. 1774-1789. Zeri Mahbub 1774 (= 1187 AH, 2. Regierungsjahr), Islambol. GOLD. Vorzüglich. (Turkey, Abdul Hamid I, 1774-1789, zeri mahbub of 1774, Constantinople mint. Extremely fine.)"
This type is listed fairly inexpensively in the SCWC for year 1 thru 15. However, the vast majority of survivors have been removed from jewelry. The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year. The gold was the victim of frequent manipulation and the denominations changed names in a confusing manner. The SCWC lists zeri mahbubs, rumi altins, adli altins, yeni altins and hayrire altins for this period. Matters were regularized in the reign of Abdul Mejid, with gold coins issued in multiples of the kurush.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common for the series.

Specification: 2.6 g, gold, this specimen 2.61 g.

Catalog reference: KM 416, Pere vgl. 661 (year 10 only); Damali 27-K-A10-2.


  • [1]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 264, Gold coins | Russian Coins and Medals | German Coins after 1871, Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2015.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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