Egypt AH 1255(15) 10 para KM-226

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Kunker sale 199, lot 164

The coin shown is a copper ten 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 denomination written below (abbreviated as the letter P for para) with the number 10 above. A crude floral design sits right of the toughra. The reverse carries the ascension date and the text minted in Misr (Misr is Arabic for Egypt). The date is written as AH 1255 year 15, which translates to about 1852 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as scarce.

The example shown was sold as part of lot 164 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 46 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Kupfermünzen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 10 Para 1255 H., 15 und 16, Misr (Kairo). 13,06 und 11,86 g. 2 Stück. Sehr schön vorzüglich (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, Cairo mint. Ten paras, accession date 1255, regnal years 15 and 16. Very fine to extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 12.9 g, 29 mm diameter, copper.

Catalog reference: KM 226; Ölcer 31.550 und 551; Pere 908.


  • 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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