Turkey AH1255(10) 1 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 collapsed after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was part of lot 86 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 140 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya Kurush 1255 H., 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 und 14, Qustantînîya. 1,19; 1,21; 1,23; 1,20; 1,20; 1,11; 1,16 und 1,19 g. 8 Stück. Meist vorzüglich oder besser, wenige sehr schön. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, silver kurush of AH 1255, years 7 thru 14, Constantinople mint. Eight pieces, mostly extremely fine or better, one very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 970,000.

Specifications: 1.2027 g, 0.830 silver, 0.0321 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 671; Ölcer 31.192-199; Pere 895.


  • 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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