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CNG 103, Lot: 1135. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $9000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

IRAN, Qajars. Nasir al-Din Shah. AH 1264-1313 / AD 1848-1896. Restrike AV 25 Tomans (51mm, 68.50 g, 12h). Tehran mint (with reverse die produced in Brussels). Dated AH 1301 B (AD 1883/4). al-sultan ibn al-sultan wa’l khaqan ibn al-khaqan shahanshah zo alghamein nasir al-din shah qajar (The sultan, son of the Sultan and the Khaqan, the son of the Khaqan, Shahanshah of two decades, Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar) in Persian, bust facing slightly left within double linear circular border; outer border consisting of dentils / 1301 al-sultan al-’azam wa’l khaqan al-afkham nasir al-din shah qajar (1301 the great Sultan and dignified Khaqan, Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar) in Persian on floral field; all within linear circular border; in outer margin, sprays of laurel and oak; Kiani Crown above; below, Lion and Sun flanked by floral symbols; B in exergue. Cf. Rabino di Borgomale pl. 45, 64 (for obverse); Album –; cf. KM X# 9 (silver; for obv.) and X# 8 (for rev.); Davenport 286 note; Friedberg –; cf. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio 168, lot 40618 (silver; same dies). Good VF, traces of die rust, evidence of possibly having been placed in a bezel.

From the collection of Dr. Lawrence A. Adams, purchased from Stephen Album.