Iran SH1313 1/2 pahlavi
This specimen was lot 24530 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description noted, "Reza Pahlavi gold 1/2 Pahlavi 1313SH (1934), MS64 NGC, sharply struck with full mint brilliance, very scarce type and grade and this date has a listed mintage of only 531. The final 3 in the date is clearly punched over a 2 (as always)." The Pahlavi, named after the family of the dynasty's founder, Reza Shah, was first struck in 1926 (KM 111) but the first issues were only 1.92 g. In 1931 the system was reformed and the new pahlavi matched the British sovereign in gold content. This rare type was struck 1931-36.
Recorded mintage: 531.
Specification: 4.06 g, .900 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 1132.
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- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.