Qajar, Mohammed Ali Shah, Portrait, 500 Dinar, AH 1327

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aws22

Qajar, Mohammed Ali Shah, Portrait, 500 Dinar, AH 1327.
This is a rare silver coin, Portrait of Mohammed Ali shah (Uniform ¾ Bust).
Place of mint is not shown, probably Tehran.
500 Dinars, Half Kran, 10 Shahis.
Weight 2.18 gm.
Diameter 18 mm.
Metal Silver 0.900.
Nice small and tiny silver coin.

Maythem
Coin collecting has a curious name. It is also called the "Hobby of Kings".

Figleaf

This is KM 1013. KM pricing indeed indicates that it is difficult to find.

I find the shape of the nail that pierced it surprising. Where there still square nails in 1327? Or would someone have taken an old nail, hammered it straight and used it for a new purpose?

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

aws22

Thank you Peter, one of the reasons for using square hole in a coin is to stop it turning. As this coin is small and made of silver, it is used in women's jewelry which may have required a square hole to fit the coin within a silver necklace, bracelet or ring formation, or perhaps something else was added to hang below from the small square hole.

Maythem
Coin collecting has a curious name. It is also called the "Hobby of Kings".

Figleaf

You are right, Maythem. Jewellery is definitely a possibility and I hadn't thought of it. In fact, the wear indicates that it was often polished and that the side with the portrait suffered extra wear because it rubbed against clothes. The pointy bits of silver sticking out on the portrait side were hammered down carefully, so they wouldn't damage the clothes. In view of the placing of the hole, the idea would have been to show the sun and lion emblem.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.