Turkey AH 1277(7) 20 para KM-688

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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 255 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 140 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN 'ABD AL-'AZÎZ KHAN (TÜRKEI-TÜRKISCH: ABDÜLAZIZ HAN)) 15. DHÛ I-HIJJA 1277 - 5. JUMÂDÂ II 1293 H. 25. JUNI 1861 - 30. MAI 1876, GESTORBEN 5. JUNI 1876 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 20 Para 1277 H., 5, 6 und 7, Qustantînîya. 0,58; 0,55 und 0,66 g. 3 Stück. Jahr 6 sehr schön, die anderen Stempelglanz. (Ottoman Empire, Abdul Aziz, 1861-76, silver twenty para of AH 1277, years 5, 6 and 7, Constantinople mint, three pieces, the year 6 very fine the others uncirculated.)"

Recorded mintage: 350,000.

Specifications: 0.613g, 0.830 silver, 0.0160 oz ASW, this specimen .66 g.

Catalog reference: KM 688; Ölcer 32.182; Pere 934. 3.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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