Turkey AH1255(21) 1 para
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 collapsed after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.This specimen was lot 105 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 850 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Kupferprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya Para 1255 H., 16, 18 auf mittleren Schrötlingen, 19 und 21 auf dünnen Schrötlingen, Qustantînîya. 0,89; 0,74; 0,57 und 0,59 g. 4 Stück. Jahr 21 sehr seltener Jahrgang. Meist vorzüglich. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, copper one paras of AH 1255, year 16 thru 21, Constantinople mint. Four pieces, including the rare year 21, mostly extremely fine.)"
Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.
Catalog reference: KM 665.3; Ölcer 31.289-294; Pere 907.
- 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.