Turkey AH 1223(26) 5 kurush
This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Mahmud II (r. 1808-1839). Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1223 (= 1808 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 26. The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year. This type was issued AH 1237-1238, and is of the ninth issue series, meaning its silver content had already been reduced eight times previously during this sultan's reign. The example shown is debased with a silver wash.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13-16 g, 0.170 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 599.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins 1687-1839 (AH 1099-1255), Istanbul: Anka Matbaacilik, 2010.