Scarce Cairo Egypt Silver Coin 2 1/2 Qirsh 1869 AD Ottoman Sultan Abdul Aziz VF
Description: A nice very fine 1869 AD (1277 AH year 9 of Abdul Aziz's reign) Egyptian, while under Ottoman Rule, two and a half (2 1/2) Qirsh silver coin. The coin depicts the tughra of Abdul Aziz (the Ottoman Sultan, in Turkey, at the time) on the obverse with a flower to the right and the denomination below it. The reverse has the Legend "Duribah Fee Misr 1277" (struck in Fustat on the outskirts of modern-day Cairo the capital of Egypt in 1277AH) and shows that it was struck in the 9th year of Abdul Aziz's reign, translating to 1869. The year 1277 AH (1861 AD) is the year when Abdul Aziz became sultan. The coin has a reeded edge. This is KM 252, weighs ~3.2 gm of 0.8330 silver and is ~21.4 mm in diameter. The coin has some wear, is soiled and has dark coloring on both the obverse and reverse, but the details of the inscriptions are well preserved and very readable. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Size and weight: This is a 2 1/2 Qirsh measures a bit over 21.4 mm and weighs about 3.2 grams of 0.833 silver.
References: It is KM #252.
Condition: I would grade this coin as a nice very fine with all the inscribed details being well preserved and very readable. The coin is much better than the photos suggest. It has some wear but retains quite a bit of the details as in the flower petals, the tughra, and the inscription. It is rather soiled and is dark in color due to extensive circulation. It also has some scratches especially on the obverse, bag marks, and dings to the edge. The coin has wear commensurate with its age and circulated status. This is a scarce coin and is difficult to find in any grade and as such it would make a great addition to your collection at a reasonable price. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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