Iran 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, and 50 Dinars  1931 to 1953
Iran 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, and 50 Dinars 1931 to 1953

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

Coin: 8083 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: joni, Thu, 07-Jul-2011 01:21:17 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Mon, 02-Dec-2013 03:05:26 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest -- Appraisal ok., Thu, 30-Oct-2014 23:48:34 GMT
Requester description: 1317 on one side there is a lion holding a sword with a sun behind him and a crown above him there is a wreath around the entire thing. on the other side is an upside down heart and a dot next to it. there is a wreath circling this side too. it is kind of the color of an old penny. i tried to translate the numbers and i got 1317?
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I have a coin somewhat like the one in the picture but I can't tell what the date is and on the side with the heart there is a crown above that also. Help please???!? - Denia Hill
Denia, you have one of the coins struck in 1976 AD to commemorate the 50 years of Pahlavi rule in Iran. The date is given in Arabic numerals as year 2535 of the Iranian imperial calendar, written below one of the wreaths. The upside-down heart shape is a '5' in Arabic, so you probably have a 5 rial coin. Values are the same as those listed on this page. - CoinQuest (Chris)

On the opposite side if my coin with heart has some writing I can't read and doesn't match your symbols for numbers
You can submit a separate request for your coin. Often we need pictures to ID such coins. To send pictures, start an e-mail exchange using the Contact button at the top of the home page. - CoinQuest (Paul)





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