Egypt AH1327 (2)-H 2 qirsh
The coin shown is a silver two qirsh from the reign of Sultan Mehmed V. The obverse bears the toughra, or signature, of the sultan, with the denomination written below. A flower design is to the right of the toughra. The mintmark H is at the base, the mintmark of the Heaton Mint. The reverse carries the year of mintage (year 2 of reign) followed by the script 'minted in Misr' (Egypt). The year of accession (1327) is written below, and all the foregoing is enclosed by a wreath. The date of the coin translates to 1910 AD. Uslu lists this issue as common.
This denomination represents a member of a coinage reform started in 1884 AD. Previous to that date, with a value less than one qirsh were given in the unit 'para'. Though fractional qirshes were treated differently than previous years, qirshes and their multiples resembled pre-reform designs and compositions. The difference was the introduction of copper-nickel 1 qirshes in certain years. This suite of denominations was continued until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and subsequent loss of influence in Egypt, in 1914 AD.
Recorded mintage: 250,000.
Specifications: 2.8 g, 0.833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 307.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.