Scarce silver acke of Mengli Giray (1466, 1469-1475, 1478-1515), Kaffa (Theodosia) mint, 1495 AD, Jochid Mongols

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Giray tamgha in the center, "Zarb Kayffah" and date around (901 AH = 1495 AD)) / Arabic legends naming Mengli. 12mm, 0.61 grams. cf. Zeno 41741; Ret.I, tab.VI, 139.

Caffa mint was operating in 899-901 and 903 only. Mengli I (1445-1515), was a khan of the n Khanate (1466, 1469-1475, 1478-1515) and the sixth son of the khanate founder Haci I Giray. He ascended the throne in 1466 for some months, then was deposed by his brother Nur Devlet. He was restored to the throne in January 1469, but lost power again in March 1475 as a result of a rebellion of rival brothers and nobility. In 1475, he was captured by the Ottomans in Caffa and delivered to Istanbul. After being forced to recognize Ottoman suzerainty over the n Khanate, he was returned to the throne of in 1478. He made a great contribution to the development of n Tatar statehood. He founded the fortress of Azü. In 1502, Mengli I defeated the last khan of the Golden Horde and took control over its capital Saray. He proclaimed himself Khagan (Emperor), claiming to be the successor of the Golden Horde's authority over the Turkic khanates of Caspian-Volga region