Afghanistan SH1317 4 grams

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Steve Album sale 30, lot 714
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This specimen was lot 714 in Stephen Album sale 30 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2018), where it sold for $258.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "AFGHANISTAN: Muhammad Zahir, 1933-1973, AV 4 grams, SH1317, NGC graded MS62." This type was struck SH1315 and SH1317 and indeed weighs 4 grams. Its face value is uncertain but was probably meant to trade for half a sovereign; a accompanying eight grams likely equaled a full sovereign.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: 4 g, .900 fine gold, 22 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-935.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 30, featuring the George Anderson Collection of Tibetan Coins, the Dr. John W. Lund Collection of Swedish Coins and the Mike Edwards Collection, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2018.