Egypt AH 1223(29) 20 qirsh

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Heritage sale 410, lot 12681
Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The coin shown is a 20 qirsh, composition silver, from the reign of Sultan Mahmud II. It was struck at the Cairo Mint. The obverse bears the toughra, or signature, of the sultan. Below the toughra is the denomination (qirsh), abbreviated as 'sh', with the number 20 above. The reverse carries the ascension date and the text minted in Misr (Misr is Arabic for Egypt). The date is written as AH 1223 year 29, which translates to about 1835 AD. This was one of the first series to be struck on milled planchets. The coin pictured was sold by Heritage Auction Galleries as lot 12681 on May 31, 2006, for $862.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Mahmud II 20 Piastres 1223AH Year 29, lightly toned Fine, one small edge bruise and a tiny scratch on the reverse. Rare crown-sized type."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 27.15-28.06 g, 37 mm diameter, 0.833 silver.

Catalog reference: KM 186.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.

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