Turkey AH1255(20) 50 kurush

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Kunker sale 199, lot 54

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 part of lot 54 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 1400 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 50 Kurush 1255 H., 20, Qustantînîya. GOLD. Von größter Seltenheit. Winz. kl. Randfehler, sehr schön Exemplar der Auktion Fritz Rudolf Künker 84, Osnabrück 2003, Nr. 2113. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, gold fifty kurush of AH 1255, year 20, Constantinople mint. Of the highest rarity, very fine, rim nick. From Künker sale 84 (2004).)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 3.608g, 0.917 gold, 0.1064 oz AGW, this specimen 3.57 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-19, KM 678; Ölcer 31.070; Pere 879.


  • 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, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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