Tunisia AH 1270 5 piastres

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions

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.

This specimen was lot 181 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it did not sell. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Tûnis 5 Riyal 1270 H., Tûnis. Sehr seltener Jahrgang. Winz. Randfehler, vorzüglich (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, silver five riyals, AH 1270, Tunis mint, very rare date, rim nicks, extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 16.0 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.4630 oz ASW, this specimen 15.65 g.

Catalog reference: Fenina 295; KM 108; Ölcer 31.718; Pere -.


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

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