Turkey AH 1277(4) 5 para
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.
Recorded mintage: 16,000,000.
Catalog reference: KM 699.
- 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.