Turkey AH1327(6) 100 kurush

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Sincona sale 33, lot 3312
This specimen was lot 3312 in Sincona sale 33 (Zurich, October 2016), where it sold for 260 CHF (about US$309 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TÜRKEI. Mohammed V. 1909-1918 100 Piaster 1913. Vorzüglich. Kleine Kratzer. (Turkey, Ottoman empire, Mohammed V, 1909-18, one hundred piastres of 1913. Extremely fine, Minor scratches.)"
This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Muhammed V (r. 1909-18). 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 1327 (= 1909 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 6 (= AH 1332). 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 1327-1334 (1908-15); 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: 3,769,100.

Specification: 7.22 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 7.00 g.

Catalog reference: KM 754, Schl. 647. Fr-154 (formerly Fr-52).


  • [1]Jürg Richter, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 33, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2016.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th 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.
  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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