Egypt AH 1255(2) 10 para
The coin shown is a 10 para, composition silver, 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 2, which translates to about 1840 AD. Uslu lists this issue as rare.
The example shown was sold as part of lot 13246 on Sept 9, 2004 at the 2004 September (HWCA) Signature Sale #357, for $178.25. The catalog description reads: "Abdul Mejid Silver 10 Para 1255AH, three choice examples as follows: Year 2, toned AU-UNC, Year 12, sharp XF and Year 19, toned XF. From the Lake Pearl Middle Eastern Collection."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: 0.37 g, 0.833 fine silver, 15 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 225.
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