Abdul Mejid of the Ottoman Empire

01 Jul 2019  Mon

Abdul Mejid was the 31st Sultan of the Ottoman Empire who reigned from 1839 to 1861 AD. His reign was notable for the rise of nationalist movements within the empire’s territories. He issued two major social and political reform edicts known as the Hatt-i-Serif of Gulhane (Noble Edict of the Rose Chamber) and the Hatt-i-Humayun (Imperial Edict).

Abdul Mejid received European education and spoke fluent French, the first sultan to do so. During the reign, he issued gold, silver, copper, and billon coins. These coins were issued in the denomination of Kurush, Para, Altin, Zeri Mahbub, and piastres.

The above shown 5 piastre was issued under his reign from Tunis mint. The obverse side has a legend ‘As Sultan Abdul Mejid Khan’. On the other hand, the reverse side features the inscription ‘Fi Zarb Tunis 1270’.

Image Source: Stephen Album Rare Coins

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