Sale 15

Auction 15


Islamic - A Outstanding Collection of the Shahs of Iran
 
 
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Lot 636

Item 135388
SAFAVID: Isma'il III, 1750-1756, AR rupi (11.11g), Rasht, AH"7611", A-2702, date is retrograde for 1167, pleasing VF.
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Lot 637

Item 137197
SAFAVID: Isma'il III, 1750-1756, AR 6 shahi (6.72g), Mazandaran, AH1166, A-2703, lovely VF to EF, RR, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 638

Item 71348
HOTAKI: Mahmud Shah, 1722-1724, AR 10 shahi (13.71g), Isfahan, AH113x, A-Z2715, KM----, presentation issue, ex-mount as usual, unknown to Rabino and unlisted in SCWC, About VF, RRR.
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Lot 639

Item 139282
HOTAKI: Mahmud Shah, 1722-1724, AR 5 shahi (7.25g), Isfahan, AH1135, A-2715, broad flan, VF to EF, R.
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Lot 640

Item 825546
HOTAKI: Mahmud Shah, 1722-1724, AR 5 shahi (7.28g), Isfahan, AH1136, A-2715, KM-326.1, type C, VF.
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Lot 641

Item 137198
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, viceroy, 1729-1735, AV ashrafi (3.40g), Mashhad, AH1148, A-2735, gold coinage of Nadir Shah is much rarer than his post-coronation issues that commenced in the same year, AH1148, VF, RR, ex. Richard Accola collection.

This type is actually anonymous, its legend meaning "By the grace of God, coinage in gold in Khorasan became the succor and support for the King of the Religion, 'Ali b. Musa Reza." In exchange for assisting the Safavid king Tahmasp II in reconquering Isfahan in AH1142, Nadir was pronounced viceroy in Khorasan and allowed to strike anonymous coinage. Earlier literature incorrectly assigned these coins to Tahmasp II (for pieces dated 1142-1144) and 'Abbas III (1145-1148).
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Lot 642

Item 137199
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AV ashrafi (3.49g), Shiraz, AH1149, A-2740.2, type A2, reverse in the form of a toughra, containing the abjad equivalent of his coronation year 1148 and the mint, with the date below the toughra, couple minor dings, choice EF, R, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 643

Item 137200
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AV ashrafi (3.44g), Shiraz, AH1149, A-2741, type B, also with the abjad equivalent of 1148, and the date 1148 in numerals below the reverse, choice EF, R, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 644

Item 137201
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AV ashrafi (3.44g), Mashhad, DM, A-A2743, type D, trace of date below the obverse, probably AH1153, lovely strike, choice VF, RR, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 645

Item 137202
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AR double rupi (23.08g), Qandahar, AH1150, A-2743, type C, beautiful even strike, without a trace of weakness, perhaps the finest I've seen, choice VF, R, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 646

Item 133125
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AR double rupi (22.90g), Nadirabad, DM, A-2743, the mint town was a failed attempt to establish a new administrative suburb just outside the walls of Qandahar, VF, S.
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Lot 647

Item 139254
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AR double rupi (22.78g), Kabul, DM, A-2743, KM-377, extremely rare mint for all denominations of Nadir Shah, nice strike, incredibly thick narrow planchet, About VF, RRR.

Because of the use of a thick narrow flan, the year is off flan, as is the case of most known Kabul mint specimens of this type.
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Lot 648

Item 137204
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AR rupi (11.47g), Shahjahanabad (Delhi), AH1151, A-2744.3, type D2, superb strike, one of the finest I've ever seen, lustrous About Unc, R, ex. Richard Accola collection.

Nadir Shah invaded India in AH1151 and captured the Mughal capital of Delhi, which was then formerly called Shahjahanabad. Nadir Shah held the city for a few months, then returned it to the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah in 1152 (the 22nd year of Muhammad Shah's reign), in exchange for the imperial throne, known as the Peacock Throne, plus the entire contents of the imperial treasury, all of which was hauled back to Iran. The Peacock Throne is still in Iran, at a museum in Tehran. When I was in Tehran in the 1960s, groups of Mughal rupees frequently appeared in the Tehran market, almost none of them dated later than year 22 of Muhammad Shah, thus likely the remnants of Nadir Shah's booty.
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$660
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Lot 649

Item 137203
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AR rupi (11.47g), Shiraz, AH1152, A-2744.1, type D, lovely strike on broad flan, scarce mint for Nadir's rupis, choice VF, R, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 650

Item 129889
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AR rupi (11.44g), Bhakhar, AH1158, A-2744.2, few light scratches in reverse field, bold strike, VF.
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Lot 651

Item 44034
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AR rupi (11.36g), Bhakhar, AH1158, A-2744.2, two innocuous testmarks, bold strike, VF, R, ex. William F. Spengler.
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Lot 652

Item 139255
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AR rupi (11.50g), Derajat, AH1160, A-2744.2, 3 testmarks, superb strike, very rarely found in this quality, EF, R.
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$360
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Lot 653

Item 137205
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AR abbasi (5.33g), Nakhjawan, AH1149, A-2749.1, type B, lovely strike, EF, R, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 654

Item 137206
AFSHARID: Nadir Shah, as king, 1735-1747, AR ½ mithqal (2.27g), Bukhara, AH1153, A-B2756, local type, used only at Bukhara, VF, RR, ex. Richard Accola collection.

Nadir Shah conquered Bukhara in AH1153 (1740) and had half mithqal and quarter mithqal silver coins struck there in his name, both of which are very rare, especially the quarter.
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$560
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Lot 655

Item 137213
AFSHARID: Shahrukh, as viceroy under Nadir Shah, 1739-1747, AR rupi (11.50g), Herat, AH1153, A-2771, clear mint & date, VF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 656

Item 137207
AFSHARID: 'Adel Shah, 1747-1748, AR double rupi (23.21g), Mashhad, AH(11)61, A-2756.1, standard design, lovely strike, evenly worn, without any weakness, rarely found in this quality, VF, S, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 657

Item 137208
AFSHARID: Ibrahim, after coronation, 1748-1749, AV ¼ mohur (2.76g), Tabriz, AH1162, A-A2764, only one scratch in the coin, on the reverse margin, the many other "scratches" are in the die, appearing as raised lines on the coin, EF, RRR, ex. Richard Accola collection.

Although Nadir Shah introduced the gold mohur in Iran in AH1151, the ¼ mohur was not issued until this type at Tabriz in AH1162. Thereafter, the ¼ mohur continued to be struck throughout Iran, especially during the reign of Karim Khan, last issued under Ja'far Khan Zand in AH1205.
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Lot 658

Item 137209
AFSHARID: Ibrahim, after coronation, 1748-1749, AR 12 shahi (13.75g), Qazwin, AH1162, A-2764, lovely full strike without any weakness, VF to EF, R, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 659

Item 137210
AFSHARID: Ibrahim, after coronation, 1748-1749, AR 6 shahi (7.04g), Astarabad, AH1162, A-2765, bold strike, choice VF, R, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 660

Item 69210
AFSHARID: Ibrahim, after coronation, 1748-1749, AR 6 shahi (6.85g), Astarabad, AH1162, A-2765, narrow reverse die, bold VF, R.
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Lot 661

Item 137211
AFSHARID: Ibrahim, after coronation, 1748-1749, AR abbasi (4.49g), Ganja, AH1162, A-2766, strong VF, R, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 662

Item 137212
AFSHARID: Amir Arslan Khan, 1748, AR abbasi (4.59g), Tabriz, AH1161, A-2768, lovely example, choice VF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 663

Item 137214
AFSHARID: Shahrukh, 1st reign, 1748-1750, AV mohur (10.95g), Mashhad, AH1162, A-2772, bold strike, interesting die-break across the obverse field, bold EF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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$800
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Lot 664

Item 139157
AFSHARID: Shahrukh, 1st reign, 1748-1750, AR double rupi (23.11g), Mashhad, AH1163, A-2773, superb strike, without any weakness, almost perfectly centered, VF to EF.

The date appears in the far lower left of the reverse. The year 1163 is much rarer than either 1161 or 1162 of this mint & type.
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Lot 665

Item 137215
AFSHARID: Shahrukh, 1st reign, 1748-1750, AR double rupi (22.78g), Mashhad, AH1161, A-2773, some light scratches only on the obverse outer margin, bold VF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 666

Item 137216
AFSHARID: Shahrukh, 1st reign, 1748-1750, AR 6 shahi (6.90g), Mashhad, AH1162, A-2775, strong EF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 667

Item 137217
AFSHARID: Shahrukh, 2nd reign, 1750-1755, AV mohur (11.05g), Mashhad, AH1163, A-2779, choice strike, EF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 668

Item 137218
AFSHARID: Shahrukh, 2nd reign, 1750-1755, AV ashrafi (3.44g), Mashhad, ND, A-A2780, nice strike, lovely EF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 669

Item 137219
AFSHARID: Shahrukh, 3rd reign, 1755-1796, AV mohur (10.92g), Mashhad, AH119x, A-2782, date at the bottom of the obverse, nice strike, bold VF, RR, ex. Richard Accola collection.

Gold mohurs of Shahrukh's third reign are much rarer than those of his first & second reigns.
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Lot 670

Item 137220
AFSHARID: Shahrukh, 2nd reign, 1755-1796, AR rupi (11.52g), Mashhad, AH1189, A-2783, superb strike, EF, R, ex. Richard Accola collection.

The "scratch" on the reverse is actually the result of a major crack in the reverse die, not damage to the coin.
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$130
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Lot 671

Item 137221
AFSHARID: Nadir Mirza, 1796-1803, AR shahi (1.05g), Mashhad, AH(121)6, A-2786, date below the first two letters of the mint name, ex-mount, VF, RRR, ex. Richard Accola collection.

Virtually all known specimens of this denomination for Nadir Mirza are ex-mount. In fact, the great majority of all surviving Afsharid, Zand and early Qajar shahis are ex-mount, as this denomination was used primarily for decoration rather than ordinary circulation.
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Lot 672

Item 137222
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AV mohur (10.89g), Kashan, AH1171, A-2787, type B, with mint epithet dar al-mu'minin, minor weak are near the rim, probably due to uneven thickness of the planchet, one small scratch on the obverse, choice EF, RRR, ex. Richard Accola collection.

The generally superb quality and great rarity of this denomination suggest that it was intended solely for donative awards.
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$2,400
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Lot 673

Item 137223
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AV ½ mohur (5.45g), Rasht, AH1191, A-2788, type C, choice VF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 674

Item 137224
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AV ½ mohur (5.45g), Shiraz, AH1187, A-2789, type D, superb strike, EF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 675

Item 137225
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AV ½ mohur (5.39g), Yazd, AH1190, A-2789, type D, rare mint for this denomination, struck principally at Rasht & Shiraz, EF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 676

Item 137228
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AV ¼ mohur (2.73g), Kashan, AH1188, A-2791, type C, lovely strike, broad flan, About Unc, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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$350
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Lot 677

Item 137227
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AV ¼ mohur (2.72g), Qazwin, DM, A-2791, type C, slight weakness of strike, EF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 678

Item 137226
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AV ¼ mohur (2.71g), Rasht, AH1179, A-2791, type C, VF to EF, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 679

Item 137229
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AV ¼ mohur (2.71g), Tabriz, AH1181, A-2792, type D, strong EF to About Unc, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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$270
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Lot 680

Item 137230
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AV ¼ mohur (2.71g), Tabriz, AH1188, A-2792, type D, lovely EF to About Unc, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 681

Item 826743
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AV ¼ mohur (2.75g), Tabriz, AH1189, A-2792, KM-530.7, EF.
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$260
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Lot 682

Item 137231
ZAND: Karim Khan, 1753-1779, AR shahi (1.16g), Isfahan, AH1167, A-2804, type B, superb strike, never mounted, date on both sides, About Unc, RRR, ex. Richard Accola collection.
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Lot 683

Item 137232
ZAND: 'Ali Murad Khan, 1781-1785, AV ¼ mohur (2.65g), Yazd, AH1198, A-2815, with ya 'ali above reverse, nearly EF, ex. Richard Accola collection.

Some weakness on both sides, very common for the ¼ mohurs of Ali Murad, due to the collapse of Zand power after the death of Karim Khan and the rise of the Qajar ruler Agha Muhammad.
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Lot 684

Item 138928
QAJAR: Muhammad Hasan Khan, 1750-1759, AR 2 shahi (2.25g), Isfahan, AH1171, A-2829, superb presentation strike, from special dies for the 2-shahi denomination, almost perfectly centered, choice About Unc, RRR.
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$340
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Lot 685

Item 112647
QAJAR: Agha Muhammad Khan, 1779-1797, AV ½ toman (3.97g), Rasht, AH[120]8, A-2831, unusual type, decent strike, VF to EF, RR.

Gold coins of Agha Muhammad dated after 1206 are remarkably rare.
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$300
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