Turkey AH1255(15) 5 para

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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 provinces 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 lot 102 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 Kupferprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 5 Para 1255 H., 15 auf schwerem Schrötling, Qustantînîya. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. Mit den für diese Ausgabe typischen kl. Schrötlingsfehlern, Prägung mit polierten Stempeln, vorzüglich¬Stempelglanz. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, copper five para of AH 1255, year 15, Constantinople mint. Very rare in this condition, struck on a polished blank, extremely fine to uncirculated.)"

Recorded mintage: 5,060,000.

Specifications: copper, this specimen 4.88 g.

Catalog reference: KM 666.1; Ölcer 31.273; Pere 906.


  • 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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