IRAN, 5000 dinar, 1306 SH (1927 AD) L


IRAN, Reza Shah, 1925-41, 5000 dinar, 1306 SH (1927 AD) L, Leningrad mint, Obverse: military bust 1/2 R, Reverse: crowned lion and sun in wsilver, 0.6662 ozT, KM1106, XF

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Reza Shah came to power when the National Assembly deposed his predecessor and appointed him. He wanted to drag Iran into the modern era like Ataturk did in Turkey. His methods included ethnic nationalism. During World War II he kind of leaned toward Germany, a tendency cut off when the Soviets invaded, followed by the British. It was suggested that he abdicate.

Middle East is a funny kind of phrase. It “should” mean the “middle,” say, Egypt to Iran. But in common usage it means everything from Morocco in far northwest Africa all the way to Afghanistan. Right? I mean, if I talk about “the Levant,” or Jazira, you have to know something about geography. But if I say “Middle East” you’re going to have a picture in your head. Maybe Cairo, maybe Kabul, but you’ll have the reference.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.