Turkey AH 1255(6) 20 para

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Kunker sale 199, lot 90

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 provinces such as Egypt and Tunisia had already sought degrees of autonomy or were occupied by European forces. The Ottoman Empire collapsed after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was lot 90 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 90 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya Halber Kurush (20 Para) 1255 H., "6" (tatsächlich 9), Qustantînîya. Seltener Jahrgang. Vorzüglich Zu diesem bereits von Ibrahim Tözen im Katalog von Nuri Pere als Jahr 6 gelesenen Datum auf 20 Para Stücken hatte schon Cüneyt Ölcer darauf hingewiesen, dass hier ein Punzenfehler für 9 vorliegen musste. Dass dieselbe Punze auch für Kurushstempel benutzt wurde (s.o. Nr. 85) ist dagegen neu. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, silver twenty para (half kurush) of AH 1255, year 6 (actually a "9"), Constantinople mint. Rare date, extremely fine. Ibrahim Tözen in his catalog notes that the date punch was intended for the one kurush.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 0.6013g, 0.830 silver, 0.0160 oz ASW, this specimen 0.60 g.

Catalog reference: KM 669; Ölcer 31.209; Pere 896.

Sources:

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

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