Turkey AH1327(4) 500 kurush
"Mohammed V. 1909-1918. 500 Piaster 1911 (= 1330 AH), 4. Regierungsjahr, Konstantinopel (Istanbul). 33,07 g Feingold. GOLD. Henkelspur, leichte Bearbeitungsspuren, sonst sehr schön-vorzüglich. (Turkey, Mohammed V, 1909-18, 500 piastres of 1330 AH, regnal year 4, Istanbul mint. Mount mark, some tooling, very fine to extremely fine.)"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 1327-1333 (1908-14); the SCWC prices them all the same. The last gold 500 kurush of this size was issued in 1929, under Ataturk's Republic.
Recorded mintage: 10,250.
Specification: 36.08 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 757, Fr-152 (formerly Fr-50); Schl. 645.
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