Egypt AH 1255(3) 10 qirsh

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Heritage sale 410, lot 12684
Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

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. Flower to the right of the toughra. Below the toughra is the denomination (qirsh), abbreviated as 'sh', with the number ten 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 3, which translates to about 1841 AD. Uslu[1] lists this date as very rare.

The coin pictured was lot 12684 in Heritage sale 410 (Long Beach, May 2006), where it sold for $632.50. The catalog description noted, "Abdul Mejid 10 Piastres 1255AH Year 3, F-VF with some light scratches and spotty patination on the reverse. Very scarce type."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 14 g, 30 mm diameter, 0.833 silver.

Catalog reference: KM 231.


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  • [1]Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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