TURKEY Murad III 1595-1603 akje 982 AH Kustantiniye mint


TURKEY, Murad III, 1595-1603, akje, 982 AH (1574 AD), Kustantiniye mint, silver, F/VF

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Murad III brought the Ottoman Empire to its largest territorial extent, but there was a lot of war and the heavy expenses, coupled with inflation from all of the gold and silver that was coming from the Spanish colonies in the Western Hemisphere led to revolts and created weakness that grew worse over time.

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.