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Auction 93  27 Jun 2018
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Lot 323

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Estimate: 50 000 GBP
Price realized: 50 000 GBP

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Iran, Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, a set of 31 gold commemorative medals struck to 100g, 50g and 25g weights, all stamped with marks denoting .900 fineness, extremely fine to virtually mint state, some of the larger medals with some friction and handling marks This handsome set of 31 medals, housed in a specially-made fitted case, was presented to a member of the vendor's family by the Shah during the 1970s, reportedly one of only three such sets assembled. The original presentation case was damaged beyond repair, and the set is offered with a recent, custom-made replacement. The medals comprise the following: Struck at 100g weight (5): i) Twelve Laws of the White Revolution, gold medal (100.06g), SH 1341 (AD 1962), Muhammad Reza Shah standing on globe with clouds behind, right hand aloft, rev., twelve figures representing the Twelve Laws arranged radially with scroll at centre, three medallions below ii) 2,500th Anniversary of the Persian Empire, gold medal (99.61g), undated, jugate busts of Muhammad Reza Shah and Cyrus the Great to left, rev., cylindrical clay tablet within elaborate border, Iranian arms above;; iii) Muhammad Reza Shah, Medallic and Philatelic Issues of his Reign, gold medal (100.27g), SH 1350 (AD 1971), obverses of five medals and three postage stamps, rev., reverses of five medals; iv) Mother's Day, gold medal (100.17g), SH 1354 (AD 1975), bust of Empress Farah Diba to left, rev., empress seated holding book, mother and three children around v) Gold medal (100.01g), SH 1354 / AD 1975, bust of Empress Farah Diba to left, rev., oak-wreath with two-line legend above; Struck at 50g weight (11) vi) Twelve Laws of the White Revolution, gold medal (49.79g), similar to (i) above; vii) The Imperial Family, gold medal (49.73g), SH 1346 (AD 1966), jugate busts of Muhammad Reza Shah (in centre), his father (left) and the Crown Prince (right), rev., crown over relief map of Iran; viii) Coronation, gold medal (49.68g), SH 1346 (AD 1966), jugate busts of Empress Farah Diba, the Crown Prince, and Muhammad Reza Shah facing left, rev., crown over relief map of Iran; ix) Coronation, gold medal (49.81g), SH 1347 (AD 1967) jugate crowned and robed busts of Empress Farah Diba and Muhammad Reza Shah facing left, rev., coronation scene; x) The Imperial Family, uniface gold and enamel medal (50.53g), SH 1347 (AD 1967), in imitation of a 10-rials postage stamp, the Shah, Empress and Crown Prince all standing facing, the background in blue enamel, the floral border in green enamel; xi) Coronation, uniface gold and enamel medal (48.86g), SH 1347 (AD 1967), in imitation of an 8-rials postage stamp, crowned and robed bust of Muhammad Reza Shah facing on blue enamelled background, floral border also highlighted with blue enamel; xii) Coronation, uniface gold and enamel medal (50.29g), SH 1347 (AD 1967), in imitation of a 6-rials postage stamp, crowned and robed bust of Empress Farah Diba facing on a blue enamelled background, her jewels highlighted in green, the floral border in brown enamel; xiii) 2,500th Anniversary of the Persian Empire, gold medal (49.89g), similar to (ii) above; xiv) Muhammad Reza Shah, Medallic and Philatelic Issues of his Reign, gold medal (49.81g), similar to (iii) above; xv) Gold medal (50.20g), SH 1352 (AD 1973), bust of Muhammad Reza Shah in naval uniform to left, oil tanker and buildings behind, rev., oil refinery; xvi) Mother's Day, gold medal (50.07g), similar to (iv) above; Struck at 25g weight (15) xvii) Twelve Laws of the White Revolution, gold medal (24.99g), similar to (i) above; xviii) The Imperial Family, gold medal (25.13g), similar to (vii) above; xix) Coronation, gold medal (25.06g), similar to (viii) above; xx) Coronation, gold medal (25.10g), similar to (ix) above; xxi) Coronation, uniface gold medal (24.64g), SH 1346 (AD 1966), in imitation of a 14-rials postage stamp, crowned jugate busts of Empress Farah Diba and Muhammad Reza Shah to left within decorative border; xxii) Coronation, uniface gold medal (24.80g), SH 1346 (AD 1966), in imitation of a 10-rials postage stamp, crowned jugate busts of Empress Farah Diba and Muhammad Reza Shah to left within decorative border; xxiii) Coronation, uniface gold medal (24.95g), SH 1346 (AD 1966), in imitation of a 2-rials postage stamp, crowned jugate busts of Empress Farah Diba and Muhammad Reza Shah to left within decorative border; xxiv) The Imperial Family, uniface gold and enamel medal (25.08g), SH 1347 (AD 1967), in imitation of a 10-rials postage stamp, the Shah, Empress and Crown Prince all standing facing, the background in blue enamel, the floral border in red enamel and inscriptions in black; xxv) Coronation, uniface gold and enamel medal (25.43g), SH 1347 (AD 1967), in imitation of an 8-rials postage stamp, crowned and robed bust of Muhammad Reza Shah facing on blue enamelled background, the floral border in red enamel and inscriptions in black; xxvi) Coronation, uniface gold and enamel medal (25.43g), SH 1347 (AD 1967), in imitation of a 6-rials postage stamp, crowned and robed bust of Empress Farah Diba facing on a blue enamelled background, her jewels highlighted in green, the floral border in red enamel and inscriptions in black; xxvii) Achievements of the Dynasty, gold medal (25.06g), SH1348 (AD1968), jugate busts of Muhammad Reza Shah (to left) and his father, rev., the achievements of the dynasty represented by a Koran and flaming torch, hands freed from manacles, sheaves of wheat, and a train, with large wheel being turned by a naked male figure at centre; xxviii) Visit of the Shah to the Tomb of Imam Reza at Mashhad, gold medal (24.96g), SH 1349 (AD 1969), Muhammad Reza Shah standing before the tomb in attitude of prayer, rev., view of the Goharshad Mosque at Mashhad xxix) 2,500th Anniversary of the Persian Empire, gold medal (25.02g), similar to (ii) above; xxx) Gold medal (25.03g), similar to (xv) above; xxxi) Mother's Day, gold medal (25.02g), similar to (iv) above
Estimate: 50000-70000 GBP
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