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Offline metalsincoin

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Persian wedding token?
« on: October 05, 2016, 09:44:45 AM »
Does anybody know what this is and from which century? 1 cm in diameter

Offline Manzikert

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Re: Persian wedding token?
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2016, 10:38:20 AM »
It is a Persian 'Nowruz' (New Year) token, from the 1950's or later, one of my examples with the same 'mirror and candlesticks' obverse below. The inscription on both sides is 'mubarak bad' which approximately means 'good luck' so the token would be equally appropriate for a wedding.

Originally it was traditional to give small 150 shahi silver coins as new year gifts, but after the mint stopped making these early in the 20th century privately struck tokens were given. At first these were silver, but were gradually debased and were eventually just silvered brass.

The upper image needs to be turned 90 degrees left, and the lower image 90 degrees right.

Alan

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Re: Persian wedding token?
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2016, 07:00:21 PM »
Thank you so much Alan!

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Re: Persian wedding token?
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2016, 03:04:17 PM »
"mubarak bad"  on these tokens litterally  means "May it be happy" (the word "bad" is a poetic form of "bashad": باشد = be") and is usually  translated as "congratulations".
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Re: Persian wedding token?
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2016, 05:11:24 PM »
Thank you very much for that clarification saro: I'd found several different translations so I used the most neutral.

Alan