Turkey AH 1293(8) 20 para

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Stephen Album sale 37, lot 2377

This specimen was lot 2377 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, AR 20 para, AH1293 year 8, one-year type, AU." Under the Ottomans, forty para made a kurush and 100 kurush made a Turkish pound or lira. The Turkish pound was about 9.6% lighter than the British sovereign. The twenty para was 1/200 of a lira or about equal to a British penny. This is the last time this denomination was struck in silver; later issues were made of nickel.

Recorded mintage: 350,000.

Specification: 0.60 g, 0.830 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-734.


  • 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.
  • [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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