Turkey AH 1277(1) 1 kurush

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Kunker sale 199, lot 252

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 possessions such as Egypt and Tunisia had already sought degrees of autonomy or were occupied by European forces. The Ottoman Empire came officially to an end after World War I, paving the way for a much smaller and politically modern Republic of Turkey.

This specimen was part of lot 252 on Dec 13, 2011 at the Kunker Auction #199 in Osnabruck, Germany, where it sold for 120 euros. The catalog description reads:
"OSMANISCHE MÜNZEN 'ABD AL-'AZÎZ KHAN (TÜRKEI-TÜRKISCH: ABDÜLAZIZ HAN)) 15. DHÛ I-HIJJA 1277 - 5. JUMÂDÂ II 1293 H. 25. JUNI 1861 - 30. MAI 1876, GESTORBEN 5. JUNI 1876 Silberprägungen der Münzstätte Qustantînîya Kurush 1277 H., 1, 2, 3, 4 und 5, Qustantînîya. 1,14; 1,20; 1,17; 1,24 und 1,16 g. 5 Stück. Jahr 5 sehr schön, die anderen vorzüglich¬Stempelglanz. (Ottoman Empire, Abd Al-Aziz, 1861-76, one kurush of 1277, years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, Constantinople mint, five pieces, the year 5 very fine the others extremely fine to uncirculated.)"

Recorded mintage: 545,000.

Specifications: 1.202 g, 0.830 fine silver, 0.0321 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM 689; Ölcer 32.161; Pere 933.


  • 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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