Süleyman I 1520-1566
Gold Othmanli

Süleyman Kanuni (the Legislator), took the Ottoman Empire to it's highest Peak and ruled for 46 years, the longest reigning Sultan of the empire.This gold sultani was minted in Misr which is modern Cairo in Egypt.

Alloy Au
Type Struck
Diameter 18.6 mm
Thickness 1.1 mm
Weight Legal3.50 gms
Weight 3.45 gms
Shape Round
Edge Plain
Die Axis 180°
Mint Misr
Süleyman_i_Misr_au_obverse Süleyman_i_Misr_au_reverse
N. Pere No. 180; Album 1317
Obverse : Sultan Süleyman Shah bin Sultan Selim Shah, Azze nasruhu, dhuribe fi Misr seneh (926)
Sultan Süleyman Shah son of Sultan Selim Shah, May his Victory be Glorious struck in Misr Year (926)
Reverse : Dharibun-Nadri sahibbul izzi vennasri filberri velbahr
Striker of the Glittering, Master of might Victory and of Land and the Sea.

Ceylon Coins and Currency By Codrington records 11 Othmanli coins of Süleyman the Magnificent found in Lanka with mint distribution: Constantinople .. 3; Cairo .. 3; Brusa .. 1; Damascus .. 1; Sidrekapusu .. 2; and ?Seres .. 1.
Sultani shown on this page is not from circulation in Lanka.

Slobodan Sreckovic of Belgrade an author who has studied the die variation of Ottoman coins in Reply to my posting on Islamic Coins Group said Is a rare variant, struck on the very beginning of Süleyman I rule.
Steve Album said The calligraphic arrangement of the reverse inscription is somewhat unusual, probably rather rare, The date is off flan, but by style I strongly suspect that it is 926 Hijri, not as the actual year, but as the accessional year, which was used on Misr coins struck from abour AH943 until the end of Süleyman's reign in AH974. Süleyman gold sultanis struck at Misr (=Cairo), are Abundant. Even if the variant were truly rare, I doubt it would have a premium value to any collector.

The Ottoman sultan Süleyman the Magnificient (1520-1566), was son and successor of Selim I. He is sometimes erroneously called Sulayman II. Under him the Ottoman Empire reached the height of its power and prestige. Süleyman died during the siege of Szigetvar. His death was concealed from his army for 7 weeks and fought on unknowingly.

The later years of Süleyman's reign had been marred by family disputes over the succession. His favorite wife, Roxelana (or Khurema) intrigued against his eldest son, Mustafa, on behalf of her two sons, Selim and Beyazid. Mustafa built up his own faction, which seemed a threat to Süleyman. In 1553, Süleyman had him executed. Upon Roxelana's death, Selim and Beyazid quarreled. Beyazid rose in revolt, met defeat, and fled to Persia. The shah of Persia was induced to return him for a large sum, and Beyazid was executed. Selim succeeded Süleyman as Selim II.

In his government Süleyman was distinguished for his justice. His military, educational, and legal reforms earned him the name Süleyman the Lawgiver among Muslims. He was fond of pomp and splendor and was a lavish patron of the arts and of literature. Sinan, the greatest Ottoman architect, worked under his orders

Text edited from Internet and The Ever Victorious - Guide to Ottoman Empire Numismatics 1971 by Jem Sultan

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 300 dpi. It was won on ebay in Oct 1999 from a Canadian seller from whom I also purchased the Murad III sultani.