Turkey AH1255(22) 5 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 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 79 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 75 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 5 Kurush (Viertel Majîdîya Riyâl) 1255 H., 22 und 23, Qustantînîya. 5,69 und 5,97 g. 2 Stück. R Sehr schön und vorzüglich. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, five kurush of AH 1255, years 22 and 23, Constantinople mint. Two pieces, very fine and extremely fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 214,000.

Specifications: 6.013 g, 0.830 silver, 0.1605 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 673; Ölcer 31.176 und 177; Pere 893.


  • 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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