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The Banknotes of the Imperial Bank of Persia

An Analysis of a Complex System with Catalogue

Numismatic Studies 30

The Banknotes of the Imperial Bank of Persia
An Analysis of a Complex System with Catalogue
Numismatic Studies 30



Autor: Michael E. Bonine
Herausgeber: Jere L. Bacharach
Seiten: 173
Format: 285 x 225 mm
Leineneinband mit Schutzumschlag
Verlag: The American Numismatic Society, New York
Auflage: 2016
Sprache: Englisch

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ISBN 978-0-89722-337-9


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The Imperial Bank of Persia, established in 1889, was the first bank of issue banknotes and attempt to establish a modern Banking System in Iran. Since it was established as the first State Bank of Iran but was also a British bank, many tensions developed between the bank and the Iranian government. Constant rivalry between the British and the Russians for influence and control of Iran influenced how and where the branch Banks were established and operated.

The banknotes of the Imperial Bank of Persia are some of the most beautiful and largest notes ever issued for any Nation, yet the Story of These notes is complex. There are very few remaining specimens, especially of the earliest notes and thoese of higher denominations. An Elaborate System of branch Banks evolved, and the banknotes were printed or stamped as payable only for the issuing branch.

With the emergence of Reza Shah and the Pahlavi dynasty in the mid-1920s, the desire of Iranians to control their own national bank and curtail the influence of the British led to Establishment of the Bank Melli Iran (National Bank of Iran). By 1932 the right of the Imperial Bank of Persia to issue banknotes had been withdrawn.

Few resarchers have examined the subject in Detail, and General references often have inaccurate Information. The following study by Michael Bonine attempt to fill in some of the gaps and includes an Analysis of serveral hundred lower-denomination banknotes.

Michael E. Bonine (1942-2011) was an active member of the University of Arizona's Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Geography, and founding director of Arizona's School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. He published extensively on the human and physical geography of the Middle East. He also turned his Hobby of collecting into a scholarly activity as he systematically acquired banknotes of the Imperial Bank of Persia. Extensive research, particularly in London, and painstaking studies for the twenty-eight bank branches resulted in this monograph on the Imperial Bank of Persia banknotes.


Preface by the Editor

The Banknotes of the Imperial Bank of Persia
The Origins of the Imperial Bank of Persia
The Designs and Denominations
The Lion-and-Sun Motif
The Portrait of Naser al-Din Shah
The System of Branch Banks
The Issuing of Imperial Bank Notes
The Date Stamps
The "Payable at" Stamps
The Official Seal of the Government of Persia
The Signatures
Number of Issued Notes, Prefix Letters, and Serial Numbers
The Enigmatc 2nd Series 20 Toman Banknote
Placement of the Serial Numbers
Canceling and Destroying Notes
Robberies and Lost Notes
Survival of Imperial Bank of Persia Banknotes

Afterword of the Editor

Appendix A: Series and Denominations
Appendix B: Branch Banks