Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Iran considering to revalue its currency

According to an article in Tehran Times dated 7 April 2011, Mahmoud Bahmani, the governor of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said the bank has begun studying plans to remove four zeros from the rial, and will seek approval from the Monetary and Credit Council within six months. Meanwhile, the Finance and Economy Minister, Shamseddin Hosseini, recently said the bank is planning to remove three zeros from the currency within the current calendar year which started on March 21. Currently Iran’s largest banknote is the 100,000-rial note (US$9.60), although it has also issued note-like cheques in denominations ten times that amount.

Iran has been discussing revaluing the rial for years, so it’s anyone’s guess as to whether anything will come of this latest announcement.

Courtesy of Banknote News


Due to laundering money and possible re-evaluation of Rial, the Central Bank of Iran has started (quietly and without official announcements) withdrawing the one million Rial cheques issued a couple of years ago.

Unlike the 500,000 Rial cheque, the one million has always been hard to obtain in UNC condition. I have had only a few pieces in the past years and have sold them all.

If you come across the brown or blue 1,000,000 Rial Iran cheques, buy them.

A price of $80 to $100 for the 500,000 Rial, and double that amount for one million is fair and reasonable price.

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