Iran 1971 1000 rials

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Goldberg sale 91, lot 2358
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 2358 in Goldberg sale 91 (Los Angeles, June 2016), where it sold for $676. The catalog description[1] noted, "Iran. 1000 Rials, SH1350/ 1971 Choice Brilliant Proof. 2500th Anniversary of Persian Empire. Persepolis ruins. Choice Brilliant Proof." This commemorative is accompanied by silver 25, 50, 75, 100 and 200 rials (KM 1184-1188) and gold 500, 750 and 2000 rials (KM 1189, KM 1190, KM 1192). The megalomaniac shah did not do anything small.

Recorded mintage: 10,000 proofs.

Specification: 13.03 g, .900 fine gold, 0.3770 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-107; KM-1191.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 91: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2016.

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