1310/1931 Reza Shah Neem (half) Pahlavi Gold Coin Persian/iranian

1310/1931 Reza Shah Neem (half) Pahlavi Gold Coin Persian/iranian

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1310/1931 Reza Shah Neem (half) Pahlavi Gold Coin Persian/iranian:




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See~ Iran Collection at Alborzi dot com ~ for more complete and interesting Persian/Iranian coinage information -plus beautiful coin images…

BEGINNING offer on the Gold Coin ONLY: $355.00

DATE: 1310 SH*** (1931 A.D). These gold coins were minted in the third series of Reza Shah’s gold coins -from 1310-1320 SH (1931-1941 AD). This coin was minted by the Empire’s Mint at the National Bank of Iran (Bank-e Meli) in Tehran.


DIAMETER/WEIGHT: approx. 20mm


The honest rating for all of mycoins is either EF (Extra Fine) or some use theletters VF (Very Fine) to UNC (Uncirculated) dependingon the individual rating them. But quite honestly calling any antique coin “UNC”when it is not purchased in the original roll from the mint/distributor andleft inthe roll or sealed in a viewing case by the mint/distributor-"UNC" seems dishonest to me.

General information for The Pahlavi Dynasty:

<>OBVERSE: The lion and sun, with the inscription:”Neem Pahlavi” (which means“Half Pahlavi “ in Farsi) beneath the lion- all encircled with the wreath. It appears to be laurel on the left half of the wreath and oak on the right half, with a bow at the bottom where they meet. The coin’s date ("1310") is beneath the wreath’s bow. Of course, the royal crown tops it all where the two sides of the wreath reach the top of the coin.

<>REVERSE: The bust of Reza Shah is facing to the left. Unlike the previous coin styles of Reza Shah,his helmet no longerdisplays the beautiful Darya-a Noor diamond, allowing for a larger version of his bust. Above his head is the script: "Reza Shah-e Pahlavi shahanshah-e Iran" (Shah Reza Pahlavi, The King of Kings of Iran).

*HALF (or Neem), 1, 2 & 5 Gold Pahlavi coins were minted during the third series (these gold coins replaced the previous Qajar Dynasty Toomaan. So, 1 Gold Pahlavi = 1 Qajar Toomaan).

*Neem means “half” in Farsi (the language of Persians and a form of ancient Sanskrit).

*Other changes appear on the Gold Pahlavi. Since a more regal or "stylized" design was chosen for these gold coins, the female face on the sun was removed completely, while the sun’s rays are more precisely arranged. Even the lion became more defined while the sword is more aesthetically curved in harmony with the lines of the detailed design. The crown has more details and appears to be more realistic.

Re: SOME PERSONAL INFORMATION FOR YOU…. Following is some information about me. I always feel better if I know something about the person I’m dealing with, even if it is only a face to face discussion about the item I’m purchasing. Online, we don’t have a person tolook atwhen we purchase items. So, Here I am:

First, I’m not a coin seller or dealer of any sort! To tell the truth, it is not my first choice to sell these coins.

Before becoming a scientist, fish disease specialist and science/outdoor writer, I was a student of art in college, with my focus on jewelry design and manufacturing (I specialized in jewelry design). I have never collected coins for financial gain. Since I had already learned most of the basics in jewelry making techniques earlier in life, when I became more involved in coin “watching”online, I soon realized that the number of coins (especially gold coins) -fraudulently copied- is on the rise. This is not limited to any one coin, any one nation, or era. Sadly, much of these are sold to amateur and even intermediate level numismatists (coin collectors). Any coin that I would sell is positively genuine/authentic (Guaranteed) !

The other promise I make, is that I have nothing to sell that is lower than an EF rated coin. (EF, as most of you know, stands for Extra Fine). The reason is quite simple: I either know their history because they have been in my family for many years or I purchased these coins with extreme caution because I love collecting them. I had never planned to sell any of these coins!!!

As low as the starting offers on these coins are, I’m not trying to put a lot of effort in doing a “sales job”. For one thing, as I said, I am not in the business of selling coins. As a result, this is an exceptional opportunity for the beginner, the advanced collector or even professional numismatist to offer. I have received serious criticism from some friends for starting the offerding (considering the grade at which the coins are) at such low amounts. What my friends don’t realize is that some times in life we have to do things we don’t want to do.

***If you have a love for Persian history and how that history is expressed in coins as deeply as I do, I would like to let you know about ALL 6 PERSIAN GOLD COINS that I am planning to put on to sell. I have mentioned them at the very end of this listing.

They are all in beautiful condition, especially for their age. While I was trying to get an honest value of the coins by checking each of their individual values online, I DID NOT see any coins in such fine condition as the coins I have. All of the other coins I found online had problems such as: scratches or flattened noses on the king and lion faces. I even saw a number of coins I'm sure were counterfeits reproduced with rubber injection molds (this is a technique used to duplicate jewelry, but can also be used to duplicate coins). It makes me so sad when I see this happen. If I had not been a trained diamond setter and jeweler before I became interested in the study of zoology and fish diseases, I would not know what the signs are to recognize these fakes. A great many numismatists don't necessarily know how these techniques are used to make fake coins. It is not their fault, after all, their specialty is coins, not jewelry making.


"Learning more about my coin brings added life to the experience….as I hold history in my hand, i ponder past events...."

Of course, you may already know that the value of a coin is far greater than the value of the gold used in minting the coin. If you want the coin only for its gold investment value, I suggest investing in gold bullion instead.

The interesting history behind coins and their availability (or may I say 'lack' of availability) “exponentially” adds to their value, making them far more precious than gold by itself.

~~On “currency coins” of theTransition Period and First Series of minting the Reza Shah wore the Pahlavi crown when posing for the profile depicted on his various coins. The famous Pahlavi crown he wore was shown displaying the famous Daryay-e-Noor (Sea-of-Light) diamond during this time. The “currency coins” of 1, 2 & 5 "Pahlavi" (as these coins were called), were minted only in Gold (1305-1308/1926-1929).

During the Second Series they had Reza Shah’s portrait on their Reverse side without Daryay-e-Noor displayed.

On silver Pahlavi dynasty coins, the Obverse side still depicted the lion with a sword and the sun rising over the mid section of the back of the lion. But, at this time, as opposed to the previous Qajar Dynasty, the sun didn’t have a smiling female face anymore. ~~

The following is a little history about Shah (king) Reza Pahlavi, which you may be interested in.


BIRTH NAME: Reza Khan Pahlavi (pronounced "pah-la-vee")

Born: March 15, 1878 in Mazandaran, Iran (Persia).

Died: July 26, 1944 age 66, while he was in exile to Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 1925, Reza Khan helped over throw Ahmad Shah Qajar, the final Shah (king) of the Qajar Dynasty.

On Dec. 15, 1925, Reza Pahlavi, age 47, became Shah (king) of the"Imperial State of Iran", thus founding the Pahlavi Dynasty. Reza Shah, as he was known, introduced many socio-economic reforms. Very active liberation of women became possible. In fact, he ordered the police to oversee the elimination of the “Chador” (body-covering veil) from all women’s wardrobes nationwide! The female population was finally able to appear in public without the burden of that extra covering hiding their identity. Reorganizing the army, improving government administration and finances for the kingdom were only a fewmore changes he made to modernize Iran.

To his supporters, his reign brought "law and order, discipline, central authority, modern amenities, schools, trains, buses, radios, cinemas and telephones". However, his attempts at modernization have been criticized for being "too fast". And, his ban of the veil or "Chador" (previously mentioned) that women had been forced to wear, caused unrest with the fundamentalist Moslem clerics.

His insistence on remaining neutral and his refusal to allow the "Allies" to use Iran's trains or to allow Imperial Airways to fly in Persian air space during World War II, along with controversial contracts involving oil, ultimately brought about his demise and final exile. On Sept.16, 1941, he was forced to abdicate. During his short 16 years of reign, great changes took place in what many believed had been a non-progressive nation.

His son, Prince Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was greatly liked by the"Allies", having been educated early in life in Switzerland.He wasset to rule Iran in his father’s place, becoming His Royal Highness Mohammed Reza Shah. Leaving the rule of Iran to his son was the West’s attempt to encourage continued modernization, bringing what had once been a third world country into the enlightened time of Iran’s history. This also insured the West that Iran would be a continued ally and give handy access to the country’s commodities, such as oil. Iran was the only country that sold oil to the West when all other OPEC countries continued to refuse cooperation during the oil embargo of 1973-1974.


The painting isof “Reza Shah”, as he was known by the people, in all his regal glory. The medals and awards you see in this portrait were acquired through his military participation as a warrior during his activities –first as an army officer and later as “The Commander Of The Forces” (“Sardaar Sepah”) as the Prime Minister for the Qajar Shah- before he became the Shah, himself, as His Imperial Royal Highness of The Country of align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; text-align: center; line-height: normal; mso-pagination: none; mso-layout-grid-align: none;">

I not only have this GOLD COMMEMORATIVE coin, but three other GOLD PAHLAVI from the same Shah (king) Reza Pahlavi, up for sale, which you may be interested in. Feel free to check them out, or send me a message if you can't find them. I will direct you to the listing.


Many of you serious numismatists/linguist/historians may already know that the English language and a good number of its European relatives have descended from one or more of the types of the Farsi language. You might also find it interesting to know that the ancient Persian Empire spanned from the western foothills of the Himalayan Mountains (the border of China and India) to the Mediterranean Sea and even once had Egypt as one of its provinces. During this time in history it was also known as ASIA MINOR (Little Asia) because of its size.The modern name for the former center of the Persian Empire is Iran. Loosely translated Iran means "The Land of The Aryan(s)"

The originalAryan Caucasians (a “sub-race” of the white race) of this planetbegan as peaceful people, consisting of both nomads and permanent farmers/ranchers.

Contrary to what many of us used to believe, they also happened to be incredible warriors in order to protect their land. While in combat, they never held the reigns of their horses as they fought. Whether fighting was with bow and arrow, swords or lances, their horses were strictly controlled by “leg signals”. It is not a myth- they indeed did have horses that would fight the enemy and the enemy’s horses-beside their Persianmasters. Persian horses would have head wear with blades and spikes as their weapons.

Interestingly, after the relatively recent archeological findings -coupled with the assistance of highly respected research historians, it was indeed proven that the story of the Knights of The Round Table was not merely a wives tale. AllRoman knights, guarding their from thenomadic/farming tribes, including the Sarmatians (a very ancient name for Persians). Each and every one of his warriors were Persians, chosen as young male teenagers and brought from their homeland by the Romans, to Europe and trained. There would not have been a king named Arthur without their fearlessness. King Arthur is a historical fact!

Nor, would we have begun the organizing of the British Isles! In fact, much of that area was on the verge of being lost to Saxons rule. The defining battle, amazingly, was lead by the small group of knights, later to be called the now famous Knights of the Round Table. They helped the natives to hang on to their land. They also kept what is now Scotland, Ireland, Whales and undoubtedly mainland England unoccupied by the Saxons. Otherwise, these lands would have been lost to Saxon rule- since Romans were no longer capable of defending themselves with the military forces they needed.

Incidentally, this makes Scottish, at the present time, the closest genetic Aryan brothers and sisters of Persians. By the way, as an Aryan myself, I would like it to be known that by mentioning Aryans, I by no means believe thatAryans are superior to anyone else. EVERY person should be proud of their own individual heritage.

I highly suggest you see the film "King Arthur" starring Keira Knightley and Clive Owen (NOT the version starring Sean Connery. Though very interesting, that one is the fable we are all so fond of, and not based on actual history).

*** The following are the 6 Gold Persian Coins I am placing on . I will NOT be selling them other than by the offerding process. If you are interested and cannot find them on , send me a message and I will give you the item number so you can check them out. Thank You for your interest.

AGAIN, I AM NOT a coin dealer. My father was a dignitary in the previous government and received many of the coins (in my complete collection) from the last king. I had never planned to sell any of the coins, but things have changed dramatically in our lives.

You see, I am a scientist, fish pathologist and freelance writer. As I mentioned, I also studied jewelry design and diamond setting before I realized my love for science. Fish have always been part of my life, beginning with fishing when I was just a child. Later, I began breeding tropical fish. My love for fish finally ended up with me spending many years in study and research. This led me to discovering a fish pathogen (disease causing organism) never before known in fish pathology -after my beloved fish became ill with a mysterious disease. Then, I became the fish disease editor for the largest fish culture magazine on earth (FAMA) during the 1980's and 1990's. Now, most everything is on hold due to my health, except a book I’m slowly working on about Steelhead and Salmon fishing in the Pacific Northwest.

*(Major reputable dealer prices for comparison)

Please Note that I have not found the following Reza Shah coins currently available for purchase throughout my research.

1) Norooz Year 1305 SH (1926 offer: $550.00

(Availability for Purchase Extremely Rare)

2) 1/2 Pahlavi (Reza Shah) Year 1310 SH offer: $355.00

(Third Series started in 1310/1931)

3) 1 Pahlavi (Reza Shah) Year 1306 SH (1927 offer: $499.00

(A very rare year-Second Series started in 1305/1926)

4) 2 Pahlavi (Reza Shah) Year 1308 SH (1929 offer: $990.00

(Second Series)

5) 1/2 Pahlavi (M. Reza Shah) Year 1338 offer: $390.00

(Rare Year)

6) 1/2 Pahlavi (M. Reza Shah) Year 1353 offer: $365.00

REFERENCES in alphabetical order: IranCollection, iGC/ IR GOLDCOIN,INC., "ModernCoinage of Iran" by Robert L. Clarke & A. Mohabat-Ayin, M.D. 1974, Najafcoins, NumisMaster, Pars Coins,Steve Album Antique Coins,Wikipedia

SHIPPING COST WILL COVER “PRIORITY USPS MAIL ($5.60) within USA” UNLESS OTHER ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE. Simply, any post office fee that I will charge you, is what they charge me.

The fee for INSURANCE, TRACKING AND SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION is what I pay to the postoffice. I do require the aforementioned to protect both of us. These fees are in addition to shipping and MAY VARY ACCORDING TO FINAL PURCHASING PRICE OF THE ITEM.

Please know that the fee for INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING is obviously higher than domestic shipments. Ask me about INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING FEES by the US Post Office since they are not the same fees as domestic shipping inside USA.

I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO NOT SHIP TO CERTAIN COUNTRIES. Contact me before offerding if the coin(s) are to be shipped to countries other than USA or Canada.

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