Turkey AH 1293(12) 100 kurush

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Stephen Album sale 37, lot 701

This specimen was lot 701 in Stephen Album sale 37 (Santa Rosa, CA, June 2020), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "TURKEY: Abdul Hamid II, 1876-1909, AV 100 kurush, Kostantiniye, AH1293 year 12, rare date, mintage of just 2,000, mount removed (noticeable almost only on the edge), VF, RR." 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 12 (= AH 1304 = Sep. 1886-Sep. 1887). 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 years 6-32; most dates are listed with very low mintages but the SCWC prices them all the same.

Recorded mintage: 2,000.

Specification: 7.21 g, 0.917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM-730, Fr-143 (formerly Fr-41).


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  • Uslu, Kaan, Beyazit, M. Fatih, and Kara, Tuncay. Ottoman Empire Coins, Istanbul: Mas Matbaacilik A.S., 2007.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • [1]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.

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