World Coin Database

Iran

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Iranian coins use the Solar Hejri calendar, which starts on March 20 or 21. Therefore, a Solar Hejri (SH) year contains roughly the last three quarters of a Gregorian year and the first quarter of the next. From 1976 - 1978, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi changed the country to an "imperial" calendar, based on the birth of Cyrus rather than the flight of Muhammad.

Step 1

Iranian dates are read from left to right and use the Persian variant of Eastern Arabic numerals. Using the table below, locate a sequence of 4 numerals.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
٠ ۱ ۲ ۳ ۴ ۵ ۶ ۷ ۸ ۹

Step 2

Using the number from Step 1, determine the date system used from the table below.

Date System Number Range Dates Used (AD) Offset
Imperial Calendar (MS) 2535 - 2537 1976 - 1978 -559
Solar Hejri (SH) Otherwise
(1343+)
1925 - Present +621

Step 3

Take the number from Step 1 and add the corresponding offset for the date system found in Step 2. This will equal the first Gregorian year spanned by the Iranian year. See the examples below.

Example Notes
۱ ۳ ۴ ۶ SH1346 + 621 = 1967; AD1967 - AD1968
۲ ۵ ۳ ۶ MS2536 - 559 = 1977; AD1977 - AD1978