Beautiful Extremely Fine Billon Coin 1830 AD 1223 AH Year 24 Egyptian One Qirsh Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II
Description: A nicely toned extremely fine or better 1830 (1323 AH/Year 24) One Egyptian Qirsh or Piastre billon coin. The coin, which was struck in Cairo Egypt during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II depicts the sultan's toughra on the obverse. The Toughra is within a circle and has a rose to its right. The circle is surrounded by a wavy border with dots forming a flower within. The reverse indicates that the coin was struck in Misr (Duriba Fee Misr, current day Fustat on the outskirt of Cairo Egypt) with the date 1223 under it. The year 1223 AH is the year Sultan Mahmud II ascended the throne. The number 24 above the letter "Beh" in "Duriba" indicates that the coin was struck in the 24th year of the sultan's reign or 1830 AD. The reverse has the same style border decoration as the obverse. This is a rather rare coin that is not listed in Krause's Standard Catalog of World Coins in grades better than VF. This coin is a nice XF or better. It is KM 181, made of billon, weighs ~4 grams, and measures approximately ~28 mm in diameter, which makes this coin a bit heavier and larger than the ranges listed in Krause and as such makes this coin a scarce variety. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: 1830AD - 1223 AH Year 24.
Size and Weight: This is a One Qirsh, weighs ~4 grams and is ~28 mm in diameter.
References: It is KM #181.
Condition: I would grade this coin as a toned extremely fine or better with all the details being very well preserved. The coin nicely toned and shows wear to the calligraphy especially on the obverse. It also shows some wear to the wavy border design especially near the edge of the coin. It is much better than the photos show. It does have minor surface scratches and bag marks. The coin has wear commensurate with its age and circulated status. Please see photo for additional condition information.
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