Turkey AH1255(22) 40 para
This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Abdul Mejid (r. 1839-1861). Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1255 (= 1839 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 22. The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year.
Recorded mintage: 4,140,000.
Catalog reference: KM 670.
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- Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.