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Turkey 1 and 2 Kurush  1876 to 1908
Turkey 1 and 2 Kurush 1876 to 1908

I like the eye appeal on this old Turkish kurush. It's worn, that's for sure. But the fields have taken a dark color and the devices show good contrast. I'd pay a small premium to add this nice-looking coin to my collection. Some collectors go only for uncirculated, blast-white specimens. Not me. This one looks great. And those guys pay a lot more than I do!

Now, down to business. These small silver coins date back to 1293AH (Hejira date) which is 1876 Gregorian date. Related denominations carry more fanciness in the devices, as you can see on this CoinQuest page, which also describes the dating system. We have a similar coin to this one, but dated 1255AH, at this CoinQuest link.

KURUSH (14 mm diameter, 0.0321 troy ounces silver)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $6
coins with years 1, 2, and 4 are rare and worth $150 in average circulated condition
coins with years 13, 18, and 21 are somewhat rare and worth $20 in average circulated condition

2 KURUSH (17 mm diameter, 0.0642 troy ounces silver)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $8
coins with year 1 is rare and worth $750 in average circulated condition
coins with years 13, 18, 21, 25, and 26 are somewhat rare and worth $30 in average circulated condition

Use our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

Coin: 11878 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: 12Relic, Thu, 19-Jul-2012 15:24:23 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 21-Mar-2014 14:19:46 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Mon, 05-Oct-2015 14:21:21 GMT
Requester description: 1293 Tughra in center on 1 side, eastern arabic on other, circle of 12 stars on each side near edge. Date is in islamic year, translates to 1876 or 1877.
Tags: turkey 1 2 kurush turkish turks cumhuriyeti turkiye cumhiriyeti cummuriyeti tughra center offcenter eastern east arabic arab circle 12 stars star islamic islam year translates translate tugrha toughra off offset certer centre centers centered easterly arabesque aribic arabian arabia circled encircle circlet ring circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed starrs muslim moslem caliphate squiggles squiggle scribbles curl swoosh squiggly squigle swirl bowed twirly scribble curlicues curly curve curved curlycue curvy curving swirls curls squiggley sqiggles swirly curves starburst burst

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