Coin and Paper Money Collecting/Old Coin


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My dad told me a story last night as a boy 4 yrs old while his father was digging to plant trees on Canvey Island in England 1934 my dad found a coin. He had thought it was a Venetian coin. The waterway was an ancient trade route.

It's certainly not a Venetian coin but an Ottoman copper coin, from the first half of the 19th century (around 1820 AD). Please allow me some extra time to identify it properly, as these are rather not my area of expertise so I have to check some books. I'll get back with a more elaborate reply in a couple of days.

Follow up: hello Randy! This copper coin is dated according to the Islamic calendar (A.H. - Anno Hegirae). On Side 2 (in the middle) you can see the date 1312 (written with Eastern Arabic numerals ) and above at 12 o'clock there is 12 - meaning the coin was struck in the 12th Regnal Year since the year 1312 AH when that particular Ottoman Sultan acceded to the throne. Converted in Christian date, 1312 AH is roughly 1894, plus 12 makes the year ~1906. So the coin was struck during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Abdul Hamid II (1293-1327 AH/1876-1909 AD). On obverse (Side 1) in the center there is the tughra (signature in a special calligraphic shape) of this sultan, every sultan had his own tughra different from all the other sultans.

For the time being I'm not able to narrow down even more this coin, I need to do more research. But I can tell you that even if it's an early 20th century coin it is not struck with modern machines but with an older system, pretty much medieval or early modern, so it could came from a minor mint, possibly in N Africa or the Middle East. Please have some more patience!
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Bogdan C.


I can answer questions regarding certain Eastern European medieval coins, especially coins issued in Wallachia / Walachei/ Transalpina / Tara Romaneasca, Moldavia / Moldawien / Moldau / Moldova, Transylvania / Siebenbürgen / Transilvania for which I can usually make rough estimates of value based on past public sales. Medieval coinage of Serbia, Bulgaria, Hungary is also a field of interest but I usually can provide only identification, not evaluation, because of insufficient bibliography. Questions about coins of the Ottoman Empire and of the Golden Horde might get answer if you allow double of the usual time of 2 days. I cannot answer questions about medieval coins of Western European states or any Russian coins except Sadagura issues (1771-1774), nor questions about ancient or modern coins. NOTE: I will need to see at least a decent picture or a scan of any specific coin you ask about (with both sides, obverse and reverse). Please do not ask what a coin is worth without sending clear images of it along with your question.


Over 20 years of coin collecting as a hobby (ended, switching to study of other public and private collections), access to good numismatic libraries and various online and offline resources.

Member of Romanian Numismatic Society.

Cercetari Numismatice (Bucuresti)/ Numismatic Research (Bucharest).

Biochemistry graduate, History undergraduate.

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