Egypt AH 1255(2) 1 qirsh

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Heritage sale 410, part of lot 12683
Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
another specimen-from the Ma’adi Collection
from the Ma’adi Collection

The coin shown is a silver one 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 1 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 2 (and appears to be a 2/1 overdate), which translates to about 1840 AD. Uslu[1] lists this date as very rare.

The coin pictured was part of lot 12683 in 2006 (World Coins) June Long Beach Signature Auction #410 of June 1, 2007. The catalog description noted, "Abdul Mejid Choice Silver Trio, KM225 10 Para 1255/11, lustrous AU, KM227 20 Para 1255/19, very scarce date, choice AU-UNC, and KM228 Piastre (or Qirsh) 1255/2, clearly 2/1 overdate, toned AU-UNC, very sharp details, some light patination."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 1.42 g, 0.833 silver.

Catalog reference: KM 228.

Sources:

  • 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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