Iran SH1330 1/2 pahlavi
This specimen was lot 6793 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $235. The catalog description noted, "IRAN. 1/2 Pahlavi, SH 1330 (1951). NGC MS-66. Mildly toned, beautiful unmarred surfaces with full luster throughout. Tied with one other piece as the finest certified." This type, struck SH 1330-1353 during the reign of Muhammed Reza Shah (r. 1941-79), was minted to the standard of a British half sovereign. The relief was lowered in 1951 to reduce persistent striking weakness; the low relief variety is slightly more common for the date. The coins generally trade as bullion coins.
Recorded mintage: 98,000 (high and low relief).
Specification: 4.07 g, .900 fine gold, .117 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-102; KM-1161.
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