Tunisia AH 1263 5 piastres

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions, lot 177

The coin shown is a silver five piastres 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 177 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 1100 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Tûnis 5 Riyal 1263 H., Tûnis. RR Kl. Randfehler, vorzüglich (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, silver 5 riyals, AH 1267, Tunis mint, rare, adjustment marks, extremely fine)"
This rare type of AH 1263-1264 is one of the first milled coins issued in Tunisia. The five piastres did not match the Turkish five kurush, being closer to about 14½ kurush in silver.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 16.0 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.4630 oz ASW, this specimen 16.25 g.

Catalog reference: Fenina 288; KM 107; Ölcer 31.711; 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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