Egypt AH 1255(16) 100 qirsh

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Kunker sale 199, lot 125

The coin shown is a gold hundred 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, with the denomination written below (abbreviated as the letter 'sh' for qirsh) with the number 100 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 16, which translates to about 1853 AD. Uslu[1] lists this issue as rare.

The example shown was sold as lot 125 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 280 euros. The catalog description reads:
OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 100 Kurush 1255 H., 16, Misr (Kairo). GOLD. Sehr schön + (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, Cairo mint. Gold hundred qirsh, AH 1255, year 16, very fine plus.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 8.544 g, 0.875 fine gold, 0.2404 AGW, this specimen 8.36 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-5, KM 235.2; Ölcer 31.316; Pere. 881.


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  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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