Turkey AH 1255(10) 20 para

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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 came officially to and end after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was part of lot 91 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 Halber Kurush (20 Para) 1255 H., 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 und 15, Qustantînîya. 0,61; 0,58; 0,59; 0,58; 0,61 und 0,57 g. 6 Stück. Zum Teil selten. Sehr schön und vorzüglich. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, silver twenty paras of AH 1255, year 10 thru 15, Constantinople mint. Six pieces some rare, very fine to extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 910,000.

Specifications: 0.6013 g, 0.830 silver, 0.016 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 669; Ölcer 31.210-215; Pere 896.

Sources:

  • 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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