Egypt AH 1255(19) 5 qirsh (gold)

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Kunker sale 199, lot 138

The coin shown is a gold five qirsh from the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid. It was struck at the Cairo Mint. The obverse bears the toughra, or signature, of the sultan, with the denomination written below (abbreviated as the letter 'sh' for qirsh) with the number 5 above. A crude floral design sits right of the toughra. The reverse carries the ascension date and the text minted in Misr (Misr is Arabic for Egypt). The date is written as AH 1255 year 19, which translates to about 1856 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as very rare.

The example shown was sold as part of lot 138 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 160 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 5 Kurush 1255 H., 18 und 19, Misr (Kairo). 0,45 und 0,44 g. 2 Stück. GOLD. Vorzüglich und Stempelglanz (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, Cairo mint. Gold fiveqirsh, AH 1255, years 18 and 19, extremely fine and mint state.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 0.427 g, 0.875 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-9, KM 230; Ölcer 31.378; Pere. 884.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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