The Ottoman Empire and the reforms of Selim III

28 Jul 2020  Tue

Selim III was the ruler of the Ottoman Empire from 1789 to 1807 AD. He was born on December 24, 1761, to Sultan Mustafa III and his wife Mihrisah Sultan. Sultan Mustafa was very influenced by mysticism. Oracles predicted his son Selim would be a world-conqueror, so he organized a joyous feast lasting seven days.

Considered as the reform-minded Sultan of the Empire, Selim was very fond of literature and Calligraphy. He had associated a lot with foreigners and was thoroughly persuaded of the necessity of reforming his state.

During the reign, he issued gold, silver, and copper coins from Islambul mint. These coins were issued in the denomination of Zeri Mahbub, Altin, Akce, Para, Piastre, Zolota, Kurush, and Manager.

Depicted above is silver Yuzluk issued in his reign from Islambul mint. The obverse of a coin inscribed with the king’s name and title in Tughra calligraphy. The reverse of a coin depicted the Arabic inscriptions in 4 lines which read as ‘Sultan Al Barin was Khaqan Al Bahrain Al-sultan Selim Khan Az Nasrah’ (Sultan of the 2 lands and 2 seas Sultan Selim Khan May he is victorious).

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