Turkey AH1327(9) 20 kurush

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
Turkey 1327-9 20 kurush rev DC.jpg

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 9 (= 1917 A.D.). 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 1334-1336 (1916-18). The silver twenty kurush was last issued to this standard in 1918.

Recorded mintage: 5,962,000.

Specification: 24.05 g, .830 fine silver, .641 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 780, Dav-406.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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