Turkey AH 1255(16) 20 para
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 97 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it did not sell. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN Münzen nach der Münzreform von 1845 Kupferprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya 20 Para 1255 H., 16 und 17 auf dicken Schrötlingen, 19, 20 und 21 auf dünnen Schrötlingen, Qustantînîya. 16,78; 14,33; 10,79; 10,41 und 10,85 g. 5 Stück. Das erste vorzüglich, sonst sehr schön. (Ottoman Empire, reform of 1845, copper twenty paras of AH 1255, years 16 thru 21, Constantinople mint. Five pieces, the first extremely fine, the remainder very fine.)"
Recorded mintage: 4,350,000.
Catalog reference: KM 668.1; Ölcer 31.248¬252; Pere 904.
- 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.