Turkey AH 1277(2) 2 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 and end after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was lot 249 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 220 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 2 Kurush 1277 H., 2, Qustantînîya. Äußerst seltener Jahrgang. Grob gelocht, sehr schön (Ottoman Empire, Abdul Aziz, 1861-76, silver two kurush of AH 1277, year 2, Constantinople mint, extremely rare date, holed, very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 65,000.

Specifications: 2.4055g, 0.83 silver, 0.0642 oz ASW, this specimen 2.16 g because of the hole.

Catalog reference: KM 690; Ölcer 32.147; Pere 932.

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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