Egypt AH 1255(15) 50 qirsh

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Heritage sale 357, lot 13267
Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The coin shown is a gold fifty qirsh from the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid. 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 50 above. 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.

The coin pictured was lot 13267 in 2004 September (HWCA) Signature Sale #357, where it sold for $632. The catalog description noted, "Abdul Mejid gold 50 Piastres 1255AH Year 15, superb AU-UNC, fully lustrous and extremely handsome example. Although this is the most available date for this type, the grade is truly exceptional and very rarely seen. From the Lake Pearl Middle Eastern Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 4.272 g, 0.875 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 234.2.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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