Iran SH1351 (1972) rial
This specimen was issued by Iran as part of the F.A.O. series. This type was issued in 1971-75. One of the shah's acts that enraged his many enemies was to place his portrait on the coinage, a sacrilege according to strictest Islam.
Recorded mintage: 8,605,000.
Specification: 1.76 g, copper-nickel, 18.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 1183.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.