Sold to me as Ottoman, but what is it...?!?!

Started by mti, September 11, 2020, 10:34:25 PM

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Hello, I took pictures of this coin and sorry I can't tell which side is up and which is down... so they are in no particular order...
Here's what I know about this coin:
It was bought by the seller in Bucharest, Romania in 1989... This came along with 2 other Ottoman Empire Coins... the 2 other are dated
AH1187 and AH1203... both are 1 Para - Istanbul mint... This one is a mystery to me...
Metal: AR/ Silver
Diameter: 16mm
Weight: 0.3g
Please help if you know what it is... also the seller mentioned that it might be from 1400's - I don't know... what do you think...!?!?
Thank you...!!! =))


The more I look at it... the more I think that it is a coin that was struck/hammered over/on top of another...  also the second picture has to be rotated 90 degrees...
and that's what I did... the text I still need help with...?!?!  the text on the side in the moon shape I can't tell top from bottom... so need help there as well...


Dear mti, yes it is double strike coin on both sides, the visible coin looks like:
Ottoman Empire, Sultan Abdülhamid I, AH 1187/YR (8)1780 AD, AR 1 Para, Kostantiniyye mint, KM 376 (AH 1137-1203/1774-1789 AD)
First photo:
Toughra in center
Second photo:
٨ Regnal Year (8)
ضرب   Struck
في    in
قسطنطينيه   Kostantiniyye - Turkey (Constantinople).
١١٨٧ 1187.
Please note that the weight varies between 0.22 & 0.53 grams, and diameter 14-15 mm for such coin.
Sultan Abdülhamid I, Abdul Hamid I or Abd Al-Hamid I ( عبد الحميد١ )‎, was the 27th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, reigning over the Ottoman Empire from 1774 to 1789 AD.

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