The Revolutionary issue, 1978-1979

While the Shah of Iran was still in power, Bank Bazargani Iran (Toop-Khaneh Branch) produced a rubber stamp in shape of a large X and started applying on the current banknotes of Iran obliterating Shah's Portrait. There are two main types of cancellations: One overprint on Shah's portrait (known as one X), and two Overprints on the portrait and the wmk (known as two XX), with main colors of red and blue. The Central Bank of Iran objected to these unofficial cancellations and they were withdrawn. These are known as The XX Overprints, and they were in circulation for 2-3 weeks only. We highly recommend that you collect a few samples of these Revolutionary overprints. There is no detailed catalog listing of these banknotes, but XX has been seen on all the denominations, from 20 Rials to 10,000 Rials.

 

Catalog #

Denomination

Description

 

 

 

Pick #100a

20 R

ONE RED X

Pick #100b

20 R

ONE BLUE X

Pick #100c

20 R

ONE BLUE X 

 

 

 

Pick #101b

50 R

ONE BLUE X

Pick #101b

50 R

TWO BLUE XX

Pick #101c

50 R

ONE BLUE X

 

 

 

Pick #102a

100 R

TWO BLUE XX, PREFIX #1    

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100 R

TWO BLUE XX

Pick #102c

100 R

TWO BLUE XX

 

 

 

Pick #103a

200 R

TWO BLUE XX, PREFIX #1   

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200 R

ONE BLUE X

Pick #103c

200 R

ONE BLUE X

Pick #103d

200 R

TWO BLUE XX

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200 R

ONE BLUE X

Pick #103e

200 R

TWO BLUE XX

 

 

 

Pick #104b

500 R

ONE BLUE X   

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500 R

TWO BLUE XX  

Pick #104d

500 R

TWO BLUE XX   

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500 R

ONE BLUE X   

 

 

 

Pick #105b

1000 R

ONE BLUE X   

Pick #105d

1000 R

TWO BLUE XX   

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1000 R

ONE BLUE X   

 

 

 

Pick #108

100 Rial

ONE BLUE X.  THIS IS COMMEMORATIVE BANKNOTE. SCARCE

 

 

 

Enthusiastic citizens have obliterated and defaced the Shah in diff manners, following are a few examples we purchased during the Revolution in Iran, these are not official cancellations, but interesting.

Pick #97

50 R

Shah's eyes burned, Fine condition

Pick #104

500 R

Shah's portrait removed from the banknote

 

 

 


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