The Lion and Sun, or Shir-o-khorshid, is one of the better-known emblems of Iran. Between 1310 and 1332 Iran issued several different denominations of dinar coins made out of bronze and aluminum bronze. Don't be fooled by the date, these are modern coins. It is an SH (solar Hejira) date, which is based on the life of Muhammed. To get the AD (Gregorian) date, add 621 to the SH date. In other words:
AD date = SH date + 621
For a 1317 coin, the AD date is 1938.
There are also collectible coins that look like this made of silver. There are many coins that look the same, that is, they have the lion, saber, and sun pattern. This page applies to the bronze coins. Click to this page if your coin is made of silver.
You can figure out the date and denomination on these coins using these eastern Arabic numerals. The date appears on the side without the lion, at the bottom. The denomination, e.g., 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, or 50 dinars, also uses these eastern numerals at the center of the side without the lion, so our picture shows a 50 dinar coin.
Most of these coins are worth very little, but there are some good dates that command strong collector value. Here are rough catalog values for just about all the coins, including all dates and all denominations. See below for the *good dates and denominations* ...
worn: less than $1 US dollar catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $5
fully uncirculated: $12
Convert these catalog values to actual values using our Important Terminology page (link at upper left).
The valuable coins appear in the listing below. The value is for average circulated coins without any problems (like spots, scratches, stains, cleanings, etc.). Hope you have one of these!
1 dinar, 1310: $50 US dollars approximate catalog value
2 dinars, 1310: $50
5 dinars, 1310: 40
5 dinars, 1314: $350
5 dinars, 1315: $4
10 dinars, 1310: $40
10 dinars, 1314: $20
10 dinars, 1315: $4
25 dinars, 1310: $60
25 dinars, 1314: $60
50 dinars, 1315: $4
50 dinars, 1331: $4
50 dinars, 1332: $5