1974-79 20 Rials from Iran - Formerly Persia. Pick number 100c and serial number 32/1 509331. Graded 66 Premium Paper Quality Gem New by PCGS. This is a lovely banknote from one of the world's oldest civilizations. The gem quality is visible, nice margins all around, fresh original paper and bold colors. The face of the the note portrait Reza Shah at right. According to PMG Pop Report this note is Population two at this grade level with none finer! ND (1974-1979). Brown on orange, lilac, and multicolored underprint. Shah Pahlavi at right. Persian carpet design, shepherd and ram at left. Amir Kabir Dam near Karaj on back. Watermark: Young Shah Pahlavi. Yellow security thread. Printer: TDLR. Farsi denomination short. Issue: Regular Issue.
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was the Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. He took the title Shāhanshāh on 26 October 1967. Mohammad Reza was educated in Switzerland and returned to Iran in 1935. In the early 1950s a struggle for control of the Iranian government developed between the shah and Mohammad Mosaddeq, a zealous Iranian nationalist. In August 1953 the shah tried to dismiss Mosaddeq but was himself forced to leave the country by Mosaddeq’s supporters. Several days later, however, Mosaddeq’s opponents, with the covert support and assistance of the United States, restored Mohammad Reza to power. The shah reversed Mosaddeq’s nationalization. With U.S. assistance he then proceeded to carry out a national development program, called the White Revolution, that included construction of an expanded road, rail, and air network, a number of dam and irrigation projects, the eradication of diseases such as malaria, the encouragement and support of industrial growth, and land reform. He also established a literacy corps and a health corps for the large but isolated rural population. In the 1960s and ’70s the shah sought to develop a more independent foreign policy and established working relationships with the Soviet Union and eastern European nations.
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