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Iran 1974 1/2 Pahlavi Gold Coin

This coin is one of the few gold coins that I own – it’s only 4 grams and just a little bigger than a US dime. It’s in uncirculated condition. I would grade it MS61 (and am probably on the conservative side).

Coin - Iran - Half Pahlavi - 1974 01

Coin – Iran – Half Pahlavi – 1974 01

The obverse shows a bust of the Shah, facing to the left. There’s Arabic writing from 9:00 to 3:00, and the date is at the bottom, from 7:00 to 5:00.

Coin - Iran - Half Pahlavi - 1974 03

Coin – Iran – Half Pahlavi – 1974 03

On the reverse, a wreath encloses a lion passant to the left. The lion holds a scimitar up in the air with its leaning paw and a crown hovers over the lion at 12:00.

Identification code: Iran KM-1161 / Y142 : Minted from AH1330-1353

Date: AH1353 = 1974

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: unknown (but probably moderately large). This was the last year of mintage, and one of only a few where mintage was not recorded. In previous years, mintages ran from 30,000 to 132,000

Country of origin: Iran

Composition: 90% Gold / 10% Copper

Size: 19 mm

Weight: 4.068g

Estimated Value: $188 with gold at ~$1564/oz

Coin - Iran - Half Pahlavi - 1974 02

Coin – Iran – Half Pahlavi – 1974 02

Coin - Iran - Half Pahlavi - 1974 04

Coin – Iran – Half Pahlavi – 1974 04