Egypt AH1327 (3)-H 10 qirsh

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Steve Album sale 30, lot 464
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The coin shown is a silver ten qirsh from the reign of Sultan Mehmed V. This denomination is equivalent to a 'half crown' or second highest commonly circulating silver denomination produced by many countries in this era. 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 3 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 1911 AD.

This specimen was lot 464 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $305.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "EGYPT: Mehmet V, 1909-1914, AR 10 qirsh, AH1327-H year 3, PCGS graded MS63." 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: 1,300,000.

Specifications: 14.0 g, 0.833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 309.


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  • [1]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 30, featuring the George Anderson Collection of Tibetan Coins, the Dr. John W. Lund Collection of Swedish Coins and the Mike Edwards Collection, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.
  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.