Egypt AH 1255(13) 5 para

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from the Ma’adi Collection
from the Ma’adi Collection

The coin shown is a copper five para from the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid. It was struck at the Cairo Mint. The obverse bears the toughra, or signature, of the sultan, with the year of issue written below (year 15 of the sultan). A floral design sits right of the toughra. The reverse carries an abundance of text written around the periphery, which includes the name Misr (Egypt) and the fact that the coin was struck there. In the center of the coin is the number 5, for five para. Uslu[1] lists this issue as scarce. This is one of the first five para coins to be produced from milled planchets on modern machinery.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 6.4 g, copper.

Catalog reference: KM 224.2.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Valentine, W.H., Modern Copper Coins of the Muhammadan States, London: Spink and Sons, 1911.
  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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