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Item No. 1400

This army medal of valor was issued to Persian soldiers during the reign of Nasser-eddin Shah. The exact age is unknown, but it is believed to have been used in the 1880s (AH 1298).

Nasser-eddin Shah was the fourth of the seven kings who comprised the Qajar Dynasty.  His reign lasted from 1848 until 1896, making him the longest-ruling monarch in Persian history.

This medal is actually a 1,000 Dinar coin hand-fashioned into a medal, as was the custom of the time. The obverse reads, "Sultan-e Saheb Karan Nasser-eddin Shah-e Qajar." The reverse shows the lion and sun emblem which was symbolic of the Persian nation and the value of 1000 Dinars.