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    Ottoman Empire. Abdul Aziz gold Proof 100 Kurush AH 1277 Year 13 (1872/3) PR67 NGC, Constantinople mint (in Turkey), cf. KM696 (unlisted in Proof), Fr-25 (same), Kazan-Unl., Pere-918 (same). A truly fantastic rarity of the Ottoman series and almost assuredly the finest known, with perhaps surviving Proofs of this denomination from this reign numbering in the low single digits, and no others of this date coming to auction in the last 20 years. Ottoman Proofs are among the most highly sought-after coins in the series, and although more are known from Abdul Aziz's Sultanate than other reigns, gold Proofs are in all respects exceedingly elusive. While not well documented, it is likely that the present piece was struck at a European mint, most probably Paris, where Tunisian Proofs and a handful of special Turkish presentation pieces were produced in the 1860s.
    Ex. Goldberg Auction 53 (May 2009, Lot 2857); Stack's Ancient and World Coin Auction (March 2006, Lot 873); Louis E. Eliasberg Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, April 2005, Lot 2334); Obtained by Eliasberg from Mortimer Hammel in May 1945


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