IRAN COIN AND ENAMEL SPOONS
Iran (land of the Aryans) is a
large 630,000 square mile
mountainous country which is
two and a third times as big as Texas. Strategically located between
Europe, the Middle East and Asia it is bordered by 10 different
countries as well as the important Persian Gulf.
The area was one of the first
civilizations created by man and
traces its roots before the Elamite kingdom in 2800 BC. As a crossroads
country it has a long history of being involved in trading with the
surrounding countries and invading and being invaded. by numerous
armies and nomadic people.
The country is 95% Moslem (the other 5%
is a mix of different
religions) and the official and most commonly used language is Persian
although other languages are also spoken.
These spoons were all hand made in Isfahan (the old
thus while they are very similar in style, they show
of the hand workmanship
Shah Abbas the Great is credited with building the
Domed Mosque (Masjid-i-shah) in the center of Isfahan.
Standing at the south side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square,
this Safavid period (ca 1611) Mosque is considered to be an
excellent example of Islamic architecture and
is a UNESCO world heritage site.
"The Lion and Sun, or Shir-o-khorshid, is one of the better-known
emblems of Iran, and between 1423 and 1979 was an element in Iran's
national flag. The motif, which combines ancient Iranian, Arab,
Turkish, Mongol and Jewish traditions, became a popular symbol in Iran
in the 12th century. " wikipedia
This is the larger coin (on the left)
This appears to be a 1 Rial silver coin dated 1311 (1932)
These coins were made during the Rezā Shāh Pahlavi
This is a 1/2 rial silver coin
The dates on the four coins differ but are in the
1930 time period
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