Turkey AH1255(15) 20 kurush

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Turkey AH1255-10 20 kurush rev DC.jpg
Kunker sale 199, lot 65

This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid (r. 1839-61). Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1255 (= 1839 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 15 (AH 1269 = October 1852-October 1853). The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year. This type was issued AH 1260-1269 (1844-52). The silver twenty kurush was last issued to this standard in 1918.

Recorded mintage: 797,000.

Specification: 24.05 g, .830 fine silver, .641 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 675, Dav-403.


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

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