Egyptian 20 Para Ottoman Sultan Mahmud II 1829 AD 1223 AH Year 23 Billon Coin Beautiful Extremely Fine
Description: A rare nicely toned extremely fine or better 1829 (1323 AH/Year 23) 20 Egyptian Para or half a 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 flower 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 23 above the letter "Beh" in "Duriba" indicates that the coin was struck in the 21st year of the sultan's reign or 1827 AD. The reverse has the same style border decoration as the obverse. The coin weighs over 1.3 grams, and measures approximately ~22 mm in diameter. Please carefully review the scan as it is part and parcel of our description.
Date: 1829AD - 1223 AH Year 23.
Mint: Egypt. Size and weight: This is a 20 para, weighs over 1.3 grams and is ~22 mm in diameter.
References: It is KM #176.
Condition: I would grade this coin as a toned (beautiful golden reddish toning) 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 within the Toughra. It also shows some wear to the wavy border design especially near the edge of the coin near the toothed outside border again on the obverse. The reverse is much better preserved with some scratches and bag marks in the fields. The coin is much better than the scan shows. It does have minor surface scratches and bag marks which can be seen in the scan. The coin has wear commensurate with its age and circulated status. Please see photo for additional condition information.