Turkey AH1336(1) 500 kurush

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Sincona sale 23, lot 3221
This specimen was lot 3221 in Sincona sale 23 (Zurich, May 2015), where it sold for 1,350 CHF (about US$1,696 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"TÜRKEI, Mohammed VI. 1918-1921 500 Piaster 1918/19. Fast vorzüglich. (Turkey, Ottoman empire, Mohammed VI (1918-21), 500 piastres of 1918, choice extremely fine.)"
This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Muhammed VI (r. 1918-23). This coin is the only 500 kurush of Muhammed VI, the last Ottoman sultan, and the Ataturk regime struck only a few more in the 1920's. Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1336 (= 1918 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 1 (= 1918 A.D.). The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year.

Recorded mintage: 26,984.

Specification: 36.08 g, .917 fine gold, 1.063 troy oz AGW, this specimen 36.00 g.

Catalog reference: Schl. 744. Fr-184 (formerly Fr-70), KM 823.


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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, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 23, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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