Ahmad Shah Qajar, the last king of the dynasty, reigned for about 16 years. He reigned with regent from 1909 to 1914, when he reached the legal age and crowned as the King of Persia. Therefore coins of this period are categorized into 2 groups: Before & after the coronation.
The coins that are minted before his coronation resemble the coins of Mohammad Ali Shah's era. They have the emblem of the Lion & sun with the Kiani crown on one side and the script surrounded by a wreath of laurels on the other side. The Farsi script is: " Alsultan-e Sultan , Ahmad Shah Qajar" or The son of a king, Shah Ahmad Qajar.
A 2000 Dinars coin minted in 1911.
Obverse: The lion & sun, 2000 Dinars, 1330 (lunar)/1911.
Reverse: Ahmad Shah Qajar the king of kings, Tehran.
Later, after the coronation of Ahmad Shah Qajar, his bust was minted on the coins with a Farsi script above it saying: "Assoltaan, Ahmad Shah-e Qajar, Shaahanshaah-e Iran" (The sultan Ahmad Shah Qajar, king of kings of Iran). In these series, there are some minor changes in the appearance of the Kiani crown and the date is minted on the obverse of the coin. Coins of issue are found in denominations of 250, 500, 1000, 2000 & 5000 Dinars, all made of silver and 1 &2 Toomaan coin in gold. Minor denominations (<250 D) were made of copper and were used more by ordinary people, thus good condition samples are found rarely. Remind you that the 250 Dinars coin ( called Rob'e or one quarter) did not have the portrait on reverse but the script.
250 Dinars or one quarter coin.
Obverese: The lion & sun. Script:' Rob'e' (Quarter).
Reverse: Script: Ahmad Shah Qajar , the sultan of sultans.
1000 & 2000 silver Dinars (middle & laterals), all minted in 1915.
5000 Dinars .
Obverese: The lion & sun. Script: 5 thousand Dinars.
Reverse: Portrait of Ahmad Shah Qajar.
Script: The sultan,Ahmad Shah Qajar , the king of kings of Iran.
1333 (lunar) / ~1915
1 Toomaan Gold coin of Ahmad shah era, minted
Note that the same style is used for the 5 Pahlavi gold coin in the era of Reza Shah Pahlavi.
5 Toomaan Gold coin of Ahmad shah era, minted
obverese: Script in Persian: ""Assoltaan -e alazam va-alkhaaghan-e alafkham AhmadShah-e Qajar" ( The great sultan and the dignified leader, king Ahmad Shah Qajar). Date: 1332 A.H. (Lunar) = ~1914
Reverse: Portrait of Ahmad Shah Qajar. Script: The sultan,Ahmad Shah Qajar , the king of kings of Iran.
1332 (lunar) / ~1914
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