Egypt AH 1293(11)-W 10 qirsh
The coin shown is a silver ten qirsh from the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. This denomination is equivalent to a 'half crown' or second highest commonly circulating silver denomination produced by many countries in this era. The obverse bears the toughra, or signature, of the sultan, with the denomination written below. A flower design is to the right of the toughra. The mintmark W is at the base, the mintmark of Emil Weigand at the Berlin Mint. The reverse carries the year of mintage (year 11 of reign) followed by the script 'minted in Misr' (Egypt). The year of accession (1293) is written below, and all the foregoing is enclosed by a wreath. The date of the coin translates to 1885 AD.
This specimen was lot 459 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $305.50. The catalog description noted, "EGYPT: Abdul Hamid II, 1876-1909, AR 10 qirsh, AH1293-W year 11, NGC graded MS63."
Recorded mintage: 4,030,000 for 1884-85.
Specifications: 14.0 g, 0.833 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 295.
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