Egypt AH 1255(5) 50 qirsh

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Heritage sale 410, lot 12685
Courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

The coin shown is a gold fifty 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 50 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 5, which translates to about 1843 AD.

The coin pictured was lot 12685 in Heritage Auction Galleries sale 410 (Long Beach, May 2006), where it sold for $276. The catalog description[1] noted, "Abdul Mejid gold 50 Piastres 1255AH Year 5, nice VF+, tiny edge flaw, scarcer early date for this type."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 4.272 g, 0.875 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 234.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 410: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2006.

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