Wikipedia lists the following Ottoman currencies: Akçe, Para, Kuruş, Lira, Sultanî, but I would like to now which were prevalent in actual use (or, rather, uses). Also, such a variety suggests that perhaps different geographical areas saw the use of different currencies. Another aspect that occurs to me is: how prevalent was the use of European currencies, in comparison to Ottoman currency(ies)?

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From 1516 to 1917 it was Ottoman money, named gold liran asmali. To be specific, from 1807 to 1918 they used a different Ottoman currency named tamashlik,onlic,sikwin. In 1914 when the Ottomans lost in WWI, French Liran gold became prevalent. In 1917/11/23 the British announced that Egyptian money was legal, as well as Ottoman, and any money from allies.

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  • +1 format is a bit messed up, but the content looks nice...
    – o0'.
    Dec 28, 2012 at 12:36
  • @mdnth: 1222 sounds weird - what might have been the original meaning? Dec 28, 2012 at 18:23
  • 1222 is a date, 1222-1918 is an era of ruling
    – md nth
    Dec 28, 2012 at 22:11
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    @mdnth: But the Ottomans only appear in 1299, according to wikipedia... Dec 29, 2012 at 9:27
  • i used islamic dates , i ll edit it,1222 hijri=1807 DC
    – md nth
    Dec 29, 2012 at 15:23

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