The obverse depicts the interior of the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, in southern Iran. Also called the Pink Mosque, the building is unusual in its extensive use of stained-glass windows. More widely associated with the great medieval Christian religious buildings, its use in the Middle East actually dates back to the 7th century. However, the Nasir al-Mulk mosque is considerably younger, having been completed in 1888, during the Qajar Dynasty.
This face also carries a small image of a famous Persian scholar and physician, called Avicenna. Writer of The Canon of Medicine, one of 450 books he authored, he’s often referred to as the father of modern medicine, Considerably bigger, is the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, usually, although not always, present on Niue coin issues.
A nice release, especially for those lamenting the ending of the classic Tiffany Art series, Persia shows a clear improvement in relief and definition over earlier issues in this series, although each has been a fine design in their own rights. Presented in a wooden box with a certificate of Authenticity, this two-ounce silver coin is available to order now, with shipping scheduled from late September.