Iran 1971 750 rials

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Heritage sale 3081, part of lot 30947
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This specimen was part of lot 30947 in Heritage sale 3081 (New York, January 2020), which sold for $3,600. The catalog description[1] noted, "Iran: Muhammad Reza Pahlavi 4-Piece Uncertified gold Proof Set SH 1350 (1971), 1) "Griffin" 500 Rials; 2) "Gori & Zucchi" 750 Rials; 3) "Pillared Palace" 1000 Rials; 4) "2500th Anniversary" 2000 Rials; A bright set of issues displaying a full cameo effect, each coin exhibiting light areas of hairlines in the fields, noted for accuracy. Sold with case of issue and COA. Total AGW 1.6022 oz." This commemorative, honoring the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, is accompanied by silver 25, 50, 75, 100 and 200 rials (KM 1184-1188) and gold 500, 1000 and 2000 rials (KM 1189, KM 1191, KM 1192). The megalomaniac shah did not do anything small.

Recorded mintage: 10,000 proofs.

Specification: 9.77 g, 0.900 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-108, KM 1190, KM-PS2 (set).


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  • 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]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Sam Spiegel, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3081, featuring the Caranett Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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