Turkey AH 1277(10) 20 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 240 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 120 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 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 20 Kurush 1277 H., 8, 9 und 10, Qustantînîya. 23,89; 23,71 und 23,79 g. 3 Stück. Sehr schön und vorzüglich (Ottoman Empire, Abd Al-Aziz, 1861-76, twenty kurush of 1277, years 8, 9 and 10, Constantinople mint, three pieces, very fine to extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage:. 1,457,000.

Specifications:. 24.055g, 0.830 silver, 0.6419 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Dav-404, KM 693; Ölcer 32.108¬; Pere 929.


  • 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, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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