Turkey AH1255(8) 5 para

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Kunker sale 199, lot 101

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 came officially to and end after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was part of lot 101 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 260 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845. Kupferprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 5 Para 1255 H., 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 und 14 auf dicken Schrötlingen, Qustantînîya. 5,32; 5,37; 5,22; 5,19; 5,44; 5,26; 5,29 und 5,34 g. 8 Stück. Zum Teil seltene Jahrgänge. Sehr schön bis unzirkuliert. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, copper five paras of AH 1255, years 7 thru 14, Constantinople mint. Eight pieces, including some rare dates, very fine to uncirculated.)"

Recorded mintage: 1,000,000.

Specifications: copper.

Catalog reference: KM 666.1; Ölcer 31.265-272; Pere 906.


  • 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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