Turkey AH 1293(11) 50 kurush
This specimen was lot 2376 in Stephen Album sale 37 (Santa Rosa, CA, June 2020), where it sold for $214.20. The catalog description noted, "TURKEY: Abdul Hamid II, 1876-1909, AV 50 kurush, Kostantiniye, AH1293 year 11, VF." This specimen is from a series struck in Istanbul during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid (r. 1876-1909). This denomination was introduced during the rule of Sultan Abdul Mejid (r. 1839-61). Ottoman coins were dated using regnal years; the reverse bears the date AH 1293 (= 1876 A.D.) while the obverse bears the regnal year 11 (= AH 1303 = Oct. 1885-Sep. 1886). 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 AH 1299-1327 (1880-1908); most dates are listed with very low mintages but the SCWC prices them all the same.
Recorded mintage: 14,000.
Specification: 3.60 g, 0.917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM-731, Fr-144 (formerly Fr-42).
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- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 37, featuring the Gamal Amer Collection of Egyptian Coins and the Ahmed Sultan Collection of Ottoman Coins, Part II, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2020.