Turkey AH1277(1) 25 kurush Fr-132

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Sincona sale 51, lot 2962

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

This specimen was lot 2962 in Sincona sale 51 (Zurich, October 2018), where it sold for 300 CHF (about US$362 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Abdul Hamid II. 1876-1909. 25 Kurush 1277 AH. Jahr 1, Bursa. Auf den Besuch in Bursa. Sehr selten. Nur 4800 Exemplare geprägt. Sehr schön. Henkelspur. (Turkey, Abdul Hamid II, 1876-1909, twenty-five kurush of AH 1277, year 1, mint visit to Bursa. Very rare. Only 4800 pieces struck, Very fine, Mount mark.)"
This commemorative was issued along with a fifty and hundred kurush for Abdul Aziz, not Abdul Hamid II.

Recorded mintage: 4,800.

Specifications:. 1.804 g, .917 fine gold, 0.0532 oz AGW, this specimen 1.73 g.

Catalog reference: Fr-132 (formerly Fr-30), Pere 914, KM 706.


  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jurg, Sincona Auction 51: Gold and Silver Coins and Medals; Coins and Medals from Switzerland, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2018.

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