Turkey AH 1277(4) 10 para
This specimen was lot 485 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $223.25. The catalog description noted, "TURKEY: Abdul Aziz, 1861-1876, AE 10 para, Kostantiniye, AH1277 year 4, NGC graded PF63 RB." This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Abdul Aziz (r. 1861-1876). Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1277 (= 1861 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 4. The Hejira calendar uses a lunar year instead of a solar year, so its starting date moves from year to year. This type was issued one year only but has a very low catalog value.
Recorded mintage: 8,000,000 plus proofs.
Catalog reference: KM-700.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 30, featuring the George Anderson Collection of Tibetan Coins, the Dr. John W. Lund Collection of Swedish Coins and the Mike Edwards Collection, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.
- Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay, Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.