Country: Turkey King (reign): Osman III, 1754 – 1757
Denomination/metal: Gold Funduq, Three
Date/mint mark: 1754 (1169h)
Type Acession issue
Ref. no: Pere 590; KM 279.
Obv. Tughra in ornamental border Rev. Mint mark 'JIM' with mint name 'ISLAMBOL' and emperor’s name and date – all within an ornamental border38mm, 9.5g.
AEF - Almost Extremely Fine.These large coins were issued in fairly small numbers to mark the accession of Osman III. They are thus rare, but as they were almost all used to make jewellery because of their attractively large size, it is doubly rare to find one unmounted or pierced such as this ! Osman III's brief reign saw rising intolerance of non-Muslims (Christians and Jews being required to wear distinctive clothes or badges) and is also notable for a fire in Constantinople. He lived most of his life as a prisoner in the palace, and as a consequence on becoming Sultan