We know Vahe, the person who requested this coin. He is an accomplished collector from Madrid. We have encouraged Vahe to get a coin catalog, rather than write to CoinQuest. (Vahe, there is easily 1000 times more information in a good catalog than you find here on CoinQuest.) We are tempted to hit the 'delete' button, but Vahe always submits interesting requests. His coin from Turkey is no exception.
Turkey issued 5, 10, and 20 kurush coins in silver from 1845 to 1918. These coins have minor variations over the years, but they all look basically the same, with the large tughra encircled by crescents and stars on the front, and a beautiful pattern of flowing letters, crescents and stars on the back.
To identify a particular coin, first find its denomination:
5 KURUSH: 22 mm diameter, 0.161 troy ounces silver
10 KURUSH: 26 mm diameter, 0.321 ounces silver
20 KURUSH: 35 mm diameter, 0.642 ounces
Vahe has a coin from the Abdul Hamid II Sultanate in Turkey. The coin is dated AH1293, which is seen in the lower portion of the side with the flowing letters (see small pictures to the right). Use our decoding table on this page for eastern Arabic numerals to decipher the 1293. This Muslim AH1293 date is equivalent to Gregorian date 1876AD, which is the base year of the coin.
Different coins have different base years, as follows:
AH1255 (1839AD): Abdul Mejid, sultan
AH1277 (1861AD): Abdul Aziz
AH1293 (1876AD): Murad V (one year only)
AH1293 (1876AD): Abdul Hamid II
AH1327 (1909AD): Muhammad V
AH1336 (1918AD): Muhammad VI
Subsequent years are counted by small numerals on the other (tughra) side of the coin. The coin in our picture is dated AH1293/11 = AH1293 + 11 = AH1304 = 1885AD.
Once you have the denomination (e.g., 10 kurush) and date (e.g., AH1293/11), you are ready to estimate the value of your coin.
Here are some very approximate catalog values for these coins. As always on CoinQuest, you must use our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values. These values apply only to coins that do not have damage, such as spots, scratches, cleanings, nicks, and gouges.
We list general values first. Then we list specific values for more valuable *better date* coins.
5 KURUSH GENERAL VALUES
worn: $5 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $20
note: 5 kurush dated AH1327 are worth about one-half these values, except as noted below
10 KURUSH GENERAL VALUES
worn: $8 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $80
note: 10 kurush dated AH1327 are worth about one-half these values, except as noted below
20 KURUSH GENERAL VALUES
worn: $18 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $30
well preserved: $50
The general values above apply to most coins. There are some specific dates which are worth more. In the listing below, the dollar value is for coins in average circulated condition.
5 KURUSH SPECIFIC VALUES
1255/23: $30 average circulated
10 KURUSH SPECIFIC VALUES
1255/6: $100 average circulated
20 KURUSH SPECIFIC VALUES
1255/19: $150 average circulated
*If you have a coin dated 1293 and the year 1, it may be a kurush of Murad V and not Abdul Hamid II. Coins of Murad V are generally more valuable than those of Abdul Hamid II, but the only way to tell them apart is to decode the tughra. Consult an coin expert for help with this. Murad V coins have only year 1, not other years.