Turkey AH1255(17) 40 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 collapsed after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was lot 94 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 480 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Kupferprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 40 Para 1255 H., 17, Qustantînîya. Äußerst selten in dieser Erhaltung. Kl. Fleck, polierte Platte Exemplar der Sammlung Dr. Viktor Schimka, Auktion Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. 329, Frankfurt/Main 1990, Nr. 942. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, copper forty paras of AH 1255, year17, Constantinople mint. Very rare in this quality. Proof with spot on reverse, from the Dr. Viktor Schimka collection.)"

Recorded mintage: 1,450,000.

Specifications: copper, this specimen 21.38 g.

Catalog reference: KM 670; Ölcer 31.241; Pere 902.


  • 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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