Tunisia AH 1271 5 piastres
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 182 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 80 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Tûnis 5 Riyal 1271 H., Tûnis. Kl. Prüfspur am Rand, Vorzüglich + (Ottoman coins of the reform of 1845, silver five riyals, AH 1271, Tunis mint, tiny mount mark on the edge, choice extremely fine)"
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specifications: 16.0 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.4630 oz ASW, this specimen 15.52 g.
Catalog reference: Fenina 296; KM 108; Ölcer 31.719; Pere -.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.