Egypt AH 1255(15) 20 para

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Kunker sale 199, part of lot 158

The coin shown is a silver twenty 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 20 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 rare.

The example shown was sold as part of lot 158 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 160 Euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 20 Para 1255 H., 11, 12, 13 und 15, Misr (Kairo). 0,70; 0,60; 0,70 und 0,71 g. 4 Stück. Seltene Jahrgänge. Randfehler, meist sehr schön (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, Cairo mint. Silver twenty paras, accession date 1255, regnal years 11, 12, 13 and 15. Scarce dates, planchet flaws, decent very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 0.68 g, 0.833 fine silver, 16 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 227; Ölcer 31.501, 503 and 505; Pere 898.


  • 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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