Turkey AH1336(2) 500 kurush
This specimen was lot 31766 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $1,440. The catalog description noted, "Muhammad VI gold 500 Kurush AH 1336 Year 2 (1919) UNC Detail (Mount Removed) PCGS, Constantinople mint. Boldly struck and lightly toned with vertical hairlines from past cleaning that run through the semi-prooflike fields. While noted on the PCGS insert, no evidence of the former mount, or its removal, is visible inside the holder. A scarce type in any quality with a listed value of $2,400 in XF in the Standard Catalog of World Coins." 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 2 (= 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: 22,192.
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.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.