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Tunisian Gold Coins

Brief Tunisian History
Tunisia has a long and rich history. Founded by the Phoenicians over 3,000 years ago, in ancient times it was famous for its important city of Carthage, which was destroyed by the Romans in 146 B.C. The Romans had destroyed Carthage because of its ability to recover and survive, it was therefore ironic that after Carthage had been rebuilt under the Romans, it continued to flourish after the Roman Empire declined.
It was briefly overrun by the Vandals from 459 to 533, and then by the Arabs in 648 until the Turkish invasion of 1570. Under the Turks, its main revenue came from piracy until 1819, when an international coalition threatened reprisals, after which its economy declined, and it eventually went bankrupt, leading to it becoming a French protectorate in 1881. By 1955, Tunisian nationalism had grown, and obliged the French to grant internal autonomy, and full independence followed the next year. In 1957, Tunisia abolished its monarch and became a republic.

Tunisian Gold Coins
In ancient times, the coins of Carthage belonged to the Greek coin series, later Roman. In more recent times, Tunisian coins were denominated in sultani and half sultani, later in piastres, changing to francs under the French. From the beginning of the Republic, they are denominated in dinars.

Technical specifications of the most frequently encountered Tunisian gold coins.
100 Francs21.256.5500.9000.1895
20 Francs21.156.4516.9000.1867
10 Francs18.803.2258.9000.0933
75 Dinars2615.5500.9000.4500

Denomination = Face value
Diameter = Approximate Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Alloy = Fineness of gold.
AGW = Actual fine gold weight in troy ounces.

Prices & Availability
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DateHejira DateDenominationDescriptionGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
1891 A130810 FrancsAli BeyVF400,000Yes£80$110
1892 A130920 FrancsAli BeyEF937,000Yes£155$210
1897 A131520 FrancsAli BeyEF164,000Sold£55$85
1898 A131620 FrancsAli Beyabout EF150,000Sold£55$102
1901 A131920 FrancsAli BeyEF150,000Yes£155$210
1903 A132120 FrancsMuhamad Al-Hadi BeyEF300,000Yes£155$210
1904 A132220 FrancsMuhamad Al-Hadi BeyUnc600,000Yes£165$210
1904 A132220 FrancsMuhamad Al-Hadi BeyEF600,000Yes£155$210
19351354100 FrancsAhmad Pasha Beyabout EF3,000Yes£160$285
19351354100 FrancsAhmad Pasha BeyEF3,000Yes£160$255
19821402/375 DinarsHabib Bourguiba
UNICEF Year of the Child
Proof, about FDC4,518Ask£Ask$Ask

A = Paris Mint

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Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Tunisian Silver and Base Metal Coins
For silver and base metal coins of Tunisia, please look at our original Chard Coins website.

Obverse of 1892 Tunisian 20 Francs
Obverse of 1892 Tunisian 20 Francs

Reverse of 1892 Tunisian 20 Francs
Reverse of 1892 Tunisian 20 Francs

Obverse of 1904 Tunisian 20 Francs
Obverse of 1904 Tunisian 20 Francs

Reverse of 1904 Tunisian 20 Francs
Reverse of 1904 Tunisian 20 Francs

Obverse of 1935 Tunisian 100 Francs of Ahmad Pasha Bey
Obverse of 1935 Tunisian 100 Francs of Ahmad Pasha Bey

Reverse of 1935 Tunisian 100 Francs of Ahmad Pasha Bey
Reverse of 1935 Tunisian 100 Francs of Ahmad Pasha Bey


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