Beautiful and Rare Copper Coin 1844 AD 1255 AH year 6 KM# 223 Egypt Five Para Ottoman Sultan Abdul Majid
Description: A great looking extremely fine or much better copper coin from Egypt. This is a five para from the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Majid. The coin, which is decorated with floral patterns both on the obverse and reverse, shows the sultan's tughra and the denomination below it. The reverse says Duribah Fi Misr (Struck in Misr current day Fustat on the outskirts of Cairo the capital of Egypt) then the number 6 above the "Beh" in "Duribah" for the sixth year of the sultan's rule and Abdul Majid's accession year of 1255 AH in the bottom translating to 1833 AD. It is KM-223 measuring approximately 21.5 mm in diameter and weighing 6.4 grams of copper. The coin has a plain edge and a thick planchet. It does have a wide rim with a dentilated border. Coins of such small denomination and small size are usually hard to come by in such a nice grade. They normally were used extensively by the people, were lost, severely abused, or melted for the metal. Please carefully review scan as it is part and parcel of our description.
Date: 1844 AD - 1255 AH year 6 of Abdul Majid's reign.
Mint: Misr or Fustat on the outskirts of Cairo the current capital of Egypt.
Size and Weight: This is a 5 para and is ~21.5 mm in diameter and weighs ~6.4 grams of copper.
References: It is KM #223.
Condition: I would grade this coin as a good extremely fine or much better with all the details being well preserved. In fact, judging by the minimum wear on the high points or the flowers and the wear in the tughra the coin is approaching being an almost uncirculated, which is not listed in Krause's standard catalog. The coin has a nice patina and great eye appeal. It has a few bag marks, a few scratches but is much better than the scan shows. It has minimum wear commensurate with its extremely fine to almost uncirculated status. The coin has excellent eye appeal and is beautiful. Please see photo for condition information.