Iran SH1332 pahlavi
This specimen was lot 6794 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $1,175. The catalog description noted, "IRAN. Pahlavi, SH 1332 (1953). PCGS MS-66 Secure Holder. Crisply struck from worn dies which show some minor rust and brush lines. Attractive glittering luster throughout with a mild hint of orange toning. No contact marks or signs of wear and very pleasant on the eye. The finest certified at PCGS and tied with four other examples as the finest at NGC." This type, struck SH 1330-1353 during the reign of Muhammed Reza Shah (r. 1941-79), was minted to the standard of a British sovereign. It has slightly lower relief than the prior type (KM 1150) which had persistent striking weakness. The coins generally trade as bullion coins.
Recorded mintage: 4,000.
Specification: 8.136 g, .900 fine gold, .2354 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-101; KM-1162.
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