Turkey AH1293(6) 100 kurush Fr-138

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Sincona sale 20, lot 4267

This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid (r. 1876-1909). This denomination was introduced during the rule of Sultan Abdul Mejid (r. 1839-61). This specimen was lot 4267 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "100 Piaster 1880. Vorzüglich. (hundred kurush of 1880, extremely fine.)" Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1293 (= 1876 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 6. The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year. This type was issued AH 1293-1299 (1876-80); some dates are listed with very low mintages but the SCWC prices them all the same. The later type of 1880-1908 (Fr-41) substitutes the title "al Ghazi" for the rose on the obverse. The last gold 100 kurush of this size was issued in 1929, under Ataturk's Republic.

Recorded mintage: 220,000 plus 1,220 of Fr-41.

Specification: 7.22 g, .917 fine gold, .212 troy oz AGW, this specimen 7.17 g.

Catalog reference: KM 725, Fr-138 (formerly Fr-36).


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  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Numismatic Coins & Medals: Auction 20, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2014.

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