Turkey AH1293(6) 100 kurush Fr-138
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 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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