Turkey AH1327(4) 100 kurush

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Sincona sale 46, lot 958
This specimen was lot 958 in Sincona sale 46 (Zurich, May 2018), where it sold for 275 CHF (about US$330 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TÜRKEI, Mohammed V. 1909-1918. 100 Piaster 1327 H, Jahr 4 (1911), Konstantinopel. Vorzüglich-FDC. (Turkey, Mohammed V, 1909-18, 100 kurush of AH 1327, year 4. Extremely fine-uncirculated.)"
This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Muhammed V (r. 1909-18). This denomination was introduced during the rule of Sultan Abdul Mejid (r. 1839-61). Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1327 (= 1909 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 4 (= AH 1330). 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 1327-1334 (1908-15); the SCWC prices them all the same. The last gold 100 kurush of this size was issued in 1929, under Ataturk's Republic. Gold monnaie de luxe (KM 755) also exist for 1911; these are wider and more ornate but much thinner.

Recorded mintage: 4,627,115.

Specification: 7.22 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 7.20 g.

Catalog reference: KM 754, Schl. 665. Fr-154 (formerly Fr-52).


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Auction 46, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2018.

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