Turkey AH 1255(17) 10 para KM-667.3

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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 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 lot 99 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 120 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Kupferprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 10 Para 1255 H., (17?) auf breitem dünnen Schrötling, Qustantînîya. Reversincusum. R Interessante Fehlprägung. Unzirkuliert. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, copper ten para of AH 1255, year 17?, Constantinople mint, incuse reverse. Rare, interesting pattern, uncirculated.)"

Recorded mintage: 9,110,000.

Specifications: copper, this specimen 4.91 g.

Catalog reference: KM zu 667.3; Ölcer zu 31.258; Pere zu 905.


  • 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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