Turkey AH 1255(16) 10 para

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Courtesy Kunker Auctions

The Ottoman empire formed in the 1300’s and went through several centuries of expansion to the east and west. By the 1700’s Ottoman political and military power was waning, despite the large geographical extent of its possessions. By the mid-1800’s, several provinces such as Egypt and Tunisia had already sought degrees of autonomy or were occupied by European forces. The Ottoman Empire collapsed after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was part of lot 100 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 40 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Kupferprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 10 Para 1255 H., 16, 17 und 18 auf mittleren Schrötlingen, 19, 20 und 21 auf dünnen Schrötlingen, Qustantînîya. 8,18; 7,80; 7,93; 5,19; 5,29 und 5,23 g. 6 Stück. Das erste Stempelglanz, die anderen sehr schön. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, copper ten paras of AH 1255, years 16 thru 21, Constantinople mint. Six pieces, the first uncirculated, the others very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: 9,120,000.

Specifications: copper.

Catalog reference: KM KM 667.2; Ölcer 31.257¬262; Pere 905.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.

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