Iran SH1353 5 pahlavi

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Goldberg sale 72, lot 4988
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This specimen was lot 4988 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it sold for $2,415. The catalog description[2] noted, "Iran. 5 Pahlavi, SH1353 (1974). Muhammad Reza Pahlavi. Head left. Reverse: Crown above lion. NGC graded MS-64." This type, struck SH 1339-1353 during the reign of Muhammed Reza Shah (r. 1941-79), was minted to the standard of a British five pounds. Gold one, 2½ and ten pahlavis also exist. The coins generally trade as bullion coins. After the shah's overthrow, the central bank issued Pahlavi-sized coins featuring the ayatollah Khomeini (KM 1264).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 40.68 g, .900 fine gold, 1.1771 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM-1164.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • [2]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 72: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.

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