Scarce silver acke of Mengli Giray (1466, 1469-1475, 1478-1515), Qirq-Yer mint, 888 AH / 1481 AD, Jochid Mongols

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Giray tamgha in the center, Zarb Qirq Yer ("Struck in Qirq Yer") and date around (888 AH = 1481 AD) / Mengli Girey bin Chadshi Girey Khan ("Khan Mengli Girey, son of Chadshi Girey"). 12mmx15mm, 0.62 grams. cf. Zeno 35702; Ret. 52.

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