Egypt AH 1255(16) 10 qirsh

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions

The coin shown is a silver ten 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 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 16, which translates to about 1853 AD. Uslu[1] does not list this issue.

The example shown was sold as lot 149 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, for 3200 Euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Misr (Kairo) 10 Kurush 1255 H., 16, Misr (Kairo). 13,55 g. KM 231; Ölcer vgl. 31.426 (kennt dieses Jahr nicht); Pere. Von größter Seltenheit. Kratzer im Avers, sehr schön Exemplar der Auktion Baldwin, London 2004, Nr. 284 (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, Cairo mint. Silver ten qirsh of 1255, year 16. Of the highest rarity, heavy scratch in obverse, very fine. From Baldwin's sale (London, 2004), lot 284.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 13.6-14.0g, 0.833 fine silver, 0.3749 ASW.

Catalog reference: "KM 231".


  • 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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