Tunisia AH 1256 4 kharub

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions

The coin shown is a four kharub from the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid, minted in Tunis. Tunisia was under the control of the Ottomans for centuries until lack of financial resources forced it into dependence on France, which made it a protectorate in 1881.

It was presented as lot 193 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 500 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Tûnis 1/4 Riyal (4 Kharrûba) 1256 H., Tûnis. RR Sehr schön (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845; Tunis quarter riyal/4 kharub, AH 1256, rare, very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 2.77 g, billon, this specimen 2.68 g.

Catalog reference: Fenina 287; KM 97; Ölcer 31.707; Pere -.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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