Turkey AH1293(10) 100 kurush
This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid (r. 1876-1909). This denomination was introduced during the rule of Sultan Abdul Mejid (r. 1839-61). Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1293 (= 1876 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 10 (= AH 1303 = Oct. 1885-Sep. 1886). The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year. This type was issued AH 1299-1327 (1880-1908); some dates are listed with very low mintages but the SCWC prices them all the same. The last gold 100 kurush of this size was issued in 1929, under Ataturk's Republic.
Recorded mintage: 572,000.
Specification: 7.22 g, .917 fine gold, .212 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 730.
- Bruce, Colin R., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2006.