Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Help in identifing coin


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I have a bronze or brass coin which is approximately 19mm in diameter and .8mm in thickness.  It is Arabic and has a five pointed star in a circle above Arabic script.  I haven't been able to find a date or value on the coin.  I have attached an image.  I would much appreciate it if you can point me in the right direction.

thank you for your help

Hi Al,
This is a bridge (toll) token from Istanbul, Turkey. These were in use from 1913 to 1930. It is fairly common and it's estimated that over 10 million of them were made. The face value is 20 para, and it is recorded to have been circulated as common currency as well. They are generally described as being used for the Galata bridge. Value is around $5.
Thanks for the question! =)

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Dmitry Livshits


My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.


Collector of world coins since early childhood. Access to a variety of auction records and reference material. You can also find me on Facebook.

A.S. in Psychology (2006), B.A. in Forensic Psychology (2008), M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2011).

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