TUNISIA kharub 1172 AH (1758/9 AD)


TUNISIA, Mustafa III, 1757-74, kharub, 1172 AH (1758/9 AD), billon, KM53, F

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Under the Ottomans Tunis and surrounding territories were governed by an hereditary Bey. There was a separate administration, separate economic system. Tunisian debt in the 19th century became large enough that the French said: “OK, you’re bankrupt, we’re taking over.”

Modern Tunisia took shape after the Ottoman conquest of 1574, then was conquered by the French in 1881. Independence came in 1957.

“Middle East” is, generally spealing, Morocco east to Afghanistan, Sudan in the south to Turkey in the north.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.