TURKEY Ibrahim akje 1049 AH (1649 AD)


TURKEY, Ibrahim, 1640-48, akje, 1049 AH (1649 AD), Kustantiniye mint, silver, 11mm, 0.22g, KM65, NP-440, F

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Ibrahim reigned for 8 years. The Ottoman sultans had a tendency to oppress their relatives, lest they try to mount coups. Ibrahim was kept secluded in the palace while his brother, Murad IV, was Sultan. Murad killed two of his other brothers before he died. He was said to have passed most of his time in sexual activity with women. He neglected government, neighbors such as Venice took advantage. Discontent grew, he was deposed and executed.

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.