Turkey AH1255(17) 25 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 provinces such as Egypt and Tunisia had already sought degrees of autonomy or were occupied by European forces. The Ottoman Empire collapsed after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was lot 55 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 100 euros. The catalog description reads:
"Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Goldprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 25 Kurush 1255 H., 17, Qustantînîya. Schön-sehr schön. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, gold twenty-five kurush of AH 1255, year 17, Constantinople mint. Fine to very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 1.804g, 0.917 gold, 0.0532 oz AGW, this specimen 1.77 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-20, KM 677; Ölcer 31.074; Pere 880.


  • 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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