TURKEY Suleyman Chelebi akje 806 AH (1403 AD)


TURKEY, Suleyman Chelebi, 1402-11, akje, 806 AH (1403 AD), Obverse: toughra, Reverse: date, silver, NP-20, part weak VF

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Bayazid II was captured in battle by Tamerlane and kept as a guest in the palace at Samarqand until he died. His four sons fought each other for the succession. One of them was Suleyman Chelebi. Sulayman ruled in the Balkans for a few years. Brothers Isa and Musa had some holdings for a while. Brother Mehmet became Mehmed I after the other brothers died.

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.