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Hello

i have a medal from an old german collection, but i couldn#t find it.

on the front side it looks like a order of the lion and the sun, but the backside look different.

can anyone help me what i have.

thank you very much!

rene

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Its the silver medal for valour issued under Ahmad Shah and dated 1334 (1916) probably awarded for the Russian incursion into neutral Iran. Very nice medal

Paul

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Hello Paul,

thank you very much for your help! is the medal rare or not?

kind regards

rene

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Hi Rene,

sometimes they indeed call it Medal of the Order of the Lion and the Sun ;)

Here you will find this medal in two british (non-military) groups.

http://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive/catalogue-archive/lot.php?auction_id=38&lot_id=27647

http://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive/catalogue-archive/lot.php?auction_id=134&lot_id=66486

Indeed, according to the Order of the Lion and the Sun statute of 1848 two lower classes of the order were medals (6 medals in 7th class (3 in gold and 3 in silver) and 5 medals in 8th class (all in silver)).

What happened with these medals later is not known for sure.

Most likely in 1872 (when order was modified and instead of numerous different classes and grades got only 5 classes) these 11 medals become obsolete.

Instead all of them a new unified (by design) medal was established.

Unfortunately the regulation for this medal is not known to me... It looks like this medal wasn't strictly military award.

Usually they call it "Medal of the Order of the Lion and the Sun". Sometimes "Bravery medal" or "Medal for Valor".

Looks like there were three classes of this new medal

Bronze

Silver

Gold

The earliest medal that is known to me has 1299 on reverse (i.e. 1881) and made in bronze

Also medals from the following years are known to me

1881

1882

1884

1899

1900

1901

Your medal has very interesting feature - all medals that I saw had inscription on the perimeter of reverse - yours medal has wreath of laurel and oak.

Regards,

Nick

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A little excerpt from "Encyclopædia Iranica" article "Decorations"

"The eighth and ninth classes of the Lion and sun for military personnel were considered medals. In 1269/1852 Dār al-fonūn (q.v.) began awarding gold, silver, and copper medals bearing the image of the lion and sun to outstanding students. The Madrasa-ye nāṣerī and Madrasa-ye neẓām-e dawlatī also granted medals (Šahīdī, pp. 226-29; Rabino di Borgomale, 1974, pl. 44/51; many examples are in the collection of the Sepah bank museum in Tehran). Later this system was replaced by the ʿElmī medal, with three classes, for the dissemination and advancement of knowledge; it was bestowed upon students, teachers, university professors, writers, and scientists, both Persian and foreign"

It could be that in 1872 (or somewhere around this date) general medal in three classes was established.

Cheers,

Nick

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Hello Nick,

thank you for your help too. that was my fist tought. the back side look different, from the piece which i know.

the lion with the sword must be for iranian!? right?I have lot of books but i never found it with this backside.

i think it must be rare. right??

Cheeres

Rene

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Hi

i have approx 300 books like auction catalogs over the world and there are until 40 years old, but i haven't found this medal!

not at kube,not thies, not on international auction, not at an german and not at an international dealer!

If these medal not Rare it must be sold by such! But i found it.

I know that it is a persia medal, but the year and these backside i did found. :sleep:

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Hi

i have approx 300 books like auction catalogs over the world and there are until 40 years old, but i haven't found this medal!

not at kube,not thies, not on international auction, not at an german and not at an international dealer!

If these medal not Rare it must be sold by such!

Interesting criterion of rarity ;)

Another medal from different year is currently on eBay

http://www.ebay.com/itm/IRAN-PERSIA-Medal-of-Bravery-with-original-ribbon-/321085078214?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac2297ac6

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Hi,

these medal which you have shown, i have found approx. 100 times, but not with these backside and date which i have.

have you a link to an auction which show such a medal?

cheers

rene

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So the question is how rare is this particular variation?

Undoubtedly it is more rare than our usual version of the medal.

Could be a later design of the medal that was in use between 1909 and 1925 during the reign of last Qajar - Ahmad

Shah.

Cheers,

Nick

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Nick

i think it must be used from 1916( backside of the medal!) until i believe end of the 1 WW.

cheers

rene

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Rene, why "end of 1 ww" and why do you think, that "from 1916", i.e. this new reverse design was introduced in 1916?

Did you see any others medals from 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915?

Or from 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922 and 1923 for that matter?

The only thing that we know for a fact is that in 1907 these medals still had old style reverse.

Why?

Because I have scans of such medal with date ١٣۲۵ on reverse ;)

As for your medal - looks like it has ١٣٣۴ (although the image is not very sharp) on reverse and different seal in the centre of reverse.

Could be stylized (?)

احمد شاه مسعود

Ahmad Shah

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Hello Paul,

thank you very much for your help! is the medal rare or not?

kind regards

rene

This one is rare. This is from the last shah of Qajar dynasty - Ahmad Shah. There are many of these medals that were issued during Naserdin and Mozzaferdin shahs and are readily available. There are very few Ahmad shah. Definitely a keeper.

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How things Babar? :)

Any idea what is the original name for this medal? :whistle:

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This one is rare. This is from the last shah of Qajar dynasty - Ahmad Shah. There are many of these medals that were issued during Naserdin and Mozzaferdin shahs and are readily available. There are very few Ahmad shah. Definitely a keeper.

hello

thank you very much, that was i guess.

rene

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Rene An example similar to yours is illustrated in the Coins Medals and Seals of the Shahs of Iran by Count Rabino. The earliest example I have seen in 1253H, from the reign of Fath Ali Shah which was in the colection of the American Numismatic Society, needless to say it made 3 times the price of a Nasr ed din gold medal.

Paul

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The earliest example I have seen in 1253H, from the reign of Fath Ali Shah which was in the colection of the American Numismatic Society, needless to say it made 3 times the price of a Nasr ed din gold medal.

1253?!

i.e. 1837?!

Are you talking about medal of this design?! :speechless:

Or you were talking about the earliest example of 7th/8th class Order of the Lion and Sun (like this one from Naser al Din Shah epoch)?

P.S. Meanwhile we don`t know even the exact name of this medal ... Because if its name indeed "Medal for valour/bravery" then how Livery Porter and guy from Royal Household were able to get one?

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Rene An example similar to yours is illustrated in the Coins Medals and Seals of the Shahs of Iran by Count Rabino. The earliest example I have seen in 1253H, from the reign of Fath Ali Shah which was in the colection of the American Numismatic Society, needless to say it made 3 times the price of a Nasr ed din gold medal.

Paul

Paul

i am a little bid confusion! I only collect german medal and Orders. This medal from me was in the collection of an old man which died. i bought the whole collection.how much does a Nasr ed din gold medal worth?

Rene

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How things Babar? :)

Any idea what is the original name for this medal? :whistle:

thank you for asking.. just been very busy with work lately. :banger:

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+ can you read the inscription on reverse perimeter?

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This is the so called bravery medal. Excellent question about the writings on the rim. I have been trying to decipher it for past half an hour but can't quite figure out some of the words. The writing is very cryptic..i will continue to look into it..

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Nick here is the medal

Rene, the Nasr ed Din gold medal depending on the condition is normally £600-800.

Paul

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Paul, very very nice medal!

Thanks for posting! :beer:

But I am afraid this medal has very little in common with one that Rene posted ;)

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This is the so called bravery medal

Exactly!

"So called" ...

I have been trying to decipher it for past half an hour but can't quite figure out some of the words. The writing is very cryptic..i will continue to look into it..

Thanks a lot!

Appreciate it!

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