Egypt AH1327 (6)-H 20 qirsh

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Heritage sale 410, lot 12708
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions

The coin shown is a silver twenty qirsh from the reign of Sultan Mehmed V. This denomination is equivalent to a 'crown' or 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 6 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 1914 AD. Uslu[1] 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.

The coin shown was lot 12708 in Heritage sale 410 (Long Beach, June 2006) and sold for $632. The catalog description read: "Mohamed V 20 Piastres 1327AH Year 6H, nice toned UNC, a choice example of this crown-sized issue."

Recorded mintage: 875,000.

Specifications: 28.0 g, 0.833 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 310.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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