Mehmed the Conqueror

2019-03-30 Sat

Mehmed II also known as Mehmed the conqueror was a Sultan of the Ottoman Empire twice, first for a short time from 1444 to 1446, and later from 1451 to 1481. Mehmed is considered a hero in modern-day Turkey and parts of the wider Muslim world.

Mehmed II was born on 30th March 1432, in Edrine, then the capital of Ottoman State. He ascended the throne when he was only 12 year old. At the age of 21, he conquered Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) and brought an end to the Eastern Roman Empire.

After the takeover Mehmed moved his capital from Edrine to Constantinople. During the reign he issued gold and silver coins in the denomination of Akce, Sultani, and Altun. The Altun omitted the religious formulas that had been standard until then, and instead gave the names and titles of the Sultan together with the date and the mint.

The above shown gold Sultani was issued during his second reign from Constantinople mint. The obverse of coins has legend ‘Sultan Mehmed Bin Murad Khan Fi 883 Zarb Qustuntuniya’.

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