TURKEY 2 kurush 1255 AH year 15 (1853 AD)


TURKEY, Abdul Mejid, 1839-61, 2 kurush, 1255 AH year 15 (1853 AD), silver, 0.0642 ozT, KM672, edge nick reverse, AU

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In the mid-19th century modern European machinery was imported and “standard” coinage began to be made.

Abdul Mejid tried to modernize the Ottoman state. National liberation movements began during his reign. There were problems with Russia. He died of tuberculosis.

The earliest coins in the world were struck in Asia Minor, in modern Turkish territory. The Turks themselves arrived as nomads staring in the 9th centuriy AD. The Ottomans emerged as a dominant power in the 14th century. The Turkish Empire dissolved after World War I and a republic was established.

“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.