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Islamic, Ottoman Empire, Mustafa IV, 29 May 1807 - 28 July 1808
Mustafa ascended to the throne after his cousin Selim was deposed for introducing the manners of the infidels and intending to suppress the Janissaries. Selim swore fealty to his cousin as the new sultan, and attempted to commit suicide. Mustafa spared his life by smashing the cup of poison that his cousin attempted to drink. A year later, however, facing rebellion, to secure his position as the only possible ruler, Mustafa ordered both Selim and his younger brother Mahmud murdered. Selim's was killed but Mahmud hid in the furnace of a bath and survived. Mustafa was deposed by the rebels and his brother ascended to the throne. Three months later, Mustafa was killed on Mahmud's orders.IS97943. Billon Kurush (Piastre), Jem Sultan 2666, Artuk 1929, Nuri Pere 733, SCWC KM 539 (notes 0.465 silver), VF, brassy tone with darker fields, centers a little weak, weight 12.126 g, maximum diameter 33.2 mm, die axis 0o, Qustantiniyah (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, regnal year 1, AH 1222; obverse Tugra, curve based: Mustafa, Lord, son of Abdul Hamid, the Ever Victorious; Arabic inscription below: struck in Constantinople / 1222; reverse Arabic inscription: Sultan of the two lands, and Lord of the two seas, the Sultan son of the sultan, 1 (regnal year) 3rd line on left; very rare; $990.00 (€811.80)
Islamic, Ottoman Empire, Mehmet V, 27 April 1909 - 3 July 1918
Mehmed V reigned as the 35th and penultimate Ottoman Sultan. He was the son of Sultan Abdulmejid I. He succeeded his brother Abdul Hamid II after the Young Turk revolution. He was succeeded by his half-brother Mehmed VI. His nine-year reign was marked by the cession of the Empire's North African territories and the Dodecanese Islands, including Rhodes, in the Italo-Turkish War, the traumatic loss of almost all of the Empire's European territories west of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in the First Balkan War, and the entry of the Ottoman Empire into World War I in 1914, which would ultimately lead to the Empire's end.IS96529. Silver Lot, 3 coin lot, all Mehmet V, AH1327, Kosova city visit issues, rare: 10 piastres, 5 piastres and 2 piastres, SOLD
Islamic, Ottoman Empire, Mahmud II, 28 July 1808 - 1 July 1839
Mahmud II was the 30th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1808 until his death in 1839. His reign is recognized for the extensive administrative, military, and fiscal reforms he instituted, including the 1826 abolition of the conservative Janissary corp, and culminating in the Decree of Tanzimat ("reorganization") that was carried out by his sons. Often described as "Peter the Great of Turkey," Mahmud's reforms, political, and social changes, would eventually lead to the birth of the modern Turkish Republic. Mahmud's reign was also marked by nationalist uprisings in Ottoman-ruled Serbia and Greece, leading to significant loss of territory for the Empire following the emergence of an independent Greek state.IS96729. Gold 1/4 zeri mahbub, Jem Sultan 2949, Kazan 869, SCWC KM 608, Mitchiner WOI -, VF, excellent centering, struck with mildly rusted dies, oblique reeded edge, weight 0.780 g, maximum diameter 13.7 mm, die axis 315o, Qustantiniyah (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1814; obverse tughra at center: Khan Mahmud bin 'Abd al-Hamid al-muzaffar d'ima; branch with two roses to right; reverse Arabic script: 7 (regnal year) / struck in Qustantiniyah (Constantinople) / 1223 (AH ascension year); SOLD
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