Egypt AH 1293(12) 100 qirsh

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Courtesy Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger
Courtesy Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger
Sincona sale 4, lot 5948

The coin shown is a gold hundred qirsh from the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II. 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 100 above. All is surrounded by a floral design. The reverse carries the ascension date and the text minted in Misr (Misr is Arabic for Egypt). The date is written as AH 1293 year 12, which translates to about 1886 AD. Uslu[2] lists this issue as rare.

The first specimen pictured was lot 1526 in auction #403 by Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger (Frankfurt, April 2011), where it sold for approximately $376. The catalog description noted, "Ägypten ´Abd al-Hamid II., 1876-1909 100 Piaster 1293 H, Jahr 12, Misr. Sehr schön Broschierspur (Egypt, Abd al-Hamid II (1876-1909) 100 piastres of AH1293, year 12. Very Fine.)" The second specimen was lot 5948 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 425 CHF (about US$599 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted, "EGYPT Abdul Hamid, 1876-1909 100 Piastres yr. 12 (1888). Extremely fine."

Recorded mintage: 52,000.

Specifications: 8.50g, 0.875 fine gold, 0.2391 oz AGW, the first specimen 8.45 grams, the second specimen 8,49 g.

Catalog reference: KM 297, Fr-23, S. 1619.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [2] Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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