IRAN Collection
Era of Nasser  al-din Shah Qajar
1848 - 1896

     Nasser al-din Shah* Qajar is the only Iranian king of the post-Islamic era who ruled for about 50 years over the country and made  some efforts to develop the country. Despite this fact, he was somehow a special man of his time: He could speak French, play the piano, paint pictures, take photographs ,write poems and he was the first king of Iran who visited Europe. In this era and by introducing modern banking system, coinage methods in Iran were changed from hammering into minting by machines and this opened a new age in the Persian banking system.

* Pronounced as "Naaser eddin".

2000 Dinars

Obverse: Emblem of the Lion & sun with the Kiani crown. Script: 2000 Dinars. Date: 1309 (1889).
Reverse:  Script: " Assoltaan-e Sahebqaraan Naserr-eddin Shah Qajar" (The king of 3 decades, Nasser al-din Shah Qajar.

Commemorative gold coin of the 35th anniversary of the reign of Nasser al-din Shah Qajar.

Obverse: portrait of Nasser al-din Shah Qajar.
Script : (From right to left) "Joloos-e Saltanat dar Saneh 1264" (Accession to throne in the year  1264 (A.H. lunar) = ~1848)  / "Zarb-e Iran dar saneh 1299" (Minted in Iran in the year 1882).

Reverse: Script: "Assoltaan Nasser al-din Shah Qajar" (The king Nasser al-din Shah Qajar). At the bottom : Tehran

Commemorative silver coin of the golden jubilee of Nasser al-din Shah Qajar.(The largest medallion in the era of Qajar dynasty).

Obverse: portrait of Nasser al-din Shah Qajar.
Farsi script : "Assoltaan-ebn-e soltaan-ebn-e soltaan, val-khaaghaan-ebn-e khaaghaan-ebn-e khaaghaan, Shahanshah-e zoalgharnein, Nasser al-din Shah-e Qajar". General meaning of this script is: The grandson of a king, the king of 2 decades, king of kings, Nasser al-din Shah Qajar.

Reverse: Farsi Script: "Hovaalaah-e Ta'aalaa Sha'naho. Be yaadegaare jashn-e homayouni-e saal-e panjaahom-e joloos-e meimanat-e ma'noos-e zaat-e aghdas-e shahryaari bar arikeh saltanat va taajdaari , be mobaaraki va sa'aadat va eghbaal dar darolkhelaafeh-e Tehran. Zigha'adeh 1313". General meaning is: In the memory of the royal celebrations of the golden jubilee of his high majesty and his access to the royal throne, with the hopes of luck and fortune, ~1896.

A few days after the mintage of this medallion, Nasser al-din Shah was assassinated by an Islamic hardliner while taking a pilgrimage trip to the holy shrine of Shah Abdol Azim in Ray*.

* A small city near Tehran where Shah Abdol Azim (younger brother of Imam Reza, the 8th Shiite Muslim leader) is buried.

In honor of  the Imperial visit to the Tehran's arsenal. This type of coin is minted in bronze, silver & gold.

(Although this mintage is considered as rare but recently a huge number of fake coins are minted with unrecognizable differences. Be alert if you are purchasing such item.)

Obverse: (Right) The Persian lion & sun with two angels on both sides while holding the Kiani crown. Date under the emblem (Missed while processing the photo): 1301 lunar A.H. (1884 A.D.)

Reverse: (Left) The head of Nasser al-din Shah Qajar and the surrounding script of: " Be meimanat'e tashrif farmai'e shahanshah'e Iran dar ghoorkhaneh'ye mobarakeh ke be hameh eftekhaar ra daadeh zarb shod" meaning: On the occasion of the royal visit of the king of kings of Iran to the royal arsenal that is a glorious event to every one, this mintage performed.

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IRAN Collection 2001-2007