Turkey AH1255(21) 20 kurush

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Kunker sale 199, lot 69

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 part of lot 69 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 170 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 20 Kurush (Majîdîya Riyâl) 1255 H., 21 und 22, Qustantînîya. Beide mit großer Reversaufschrift. 23,94 und 23,81 g. 2 Stück. Sehr schön. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, silver twenty kurush of AH 1255, year 21 and 22, Constantinople mint. Two pieces, very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 513,000.

Specifications: 24.055g, 0.830 silver, 0.6419 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 676; Ölcer 31.147; Pere 891, Dav-403.

Sources:

  • 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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