Turkey AH1255(10) 20 kurush

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions

The Ottoman empire formed in the 1300’s and went through several centuries of expansion to the east and west. By the 1700’s Ottoman political and military power was waning, despite the large geographical extent of its possessions. By the mid-1800’s, several possessions such as Egypt and Tunisia had already sought degrees of autonomy or were occupied by European forces. The Ottoman Empire came officially to and end after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was part of lot 64 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 170 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 20 Kurush (Majîdîya Riyâl) 1255 H., 10, 11 und 12, Qustantînîya. 23,89; 23,73 und 23,64 g. KM 675; Ölcer 31.136¬138; Pere 891. 3 Stück. Sehr schön und besser."

Recorded mintage: 1,020,000.

Specifications: 24.055g, 0.830 silver, 0.6419 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 675; Ölcer 31.136¬138; Pere 891.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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