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  • 10 Pul 1937, KM# 939, Afghanistan, Mohammed Zahir Shah
  • 10 Pul 1937, KM# 939, Afghanistan, Mohammed Zahir Shah

Mohammad Zahir Shah (1914–2007) was the last King of Afghanistan, reigning from 8 November 1933 until his deposition on 17 July 1973. His 40-year reign was the longest since the Durrani Empire's founding in the 18th century.

Zahir Shah expanded Afghanistan's diplomatic relations during the Cold War and began modernizing the country in the 1950s, introducing a new constitution and a constitutional monarchy. His nonpartisan approach brought a period of peace that ended with the Afghan conflict.

In 1973, while he was receiving medical treatment in Italy, his cousin and former prime minister, Mohammad Daoud Khan, overthrew him in a coup, establishing a republic and ending over 225 years of monarchy. Zahir Shah lived in exile near Rome until 2002, returning to Afghanistan after the Taliban's fall. He was honored as Father of the Nation until his death in 2007.


Depicts the emblem of the Kingdom of Afghanistan, the date in the Solar Hijri calendar and the state name within the banner below with radiant background.

The Afghan Emblem depicts a mosque featuring a mihrab and minbar, or pulpit. Adjacent to the mosque are two flags, symbolizing Afghanistan's flags amid wheat sheaves.

The national and state flag, one of Afghanistan's oldest, was adopted in 1930 and reaffirmed in the October 1964 constitution. Introduced during King Nadir Shah's rule, it endured until the end of his son Mohammad Zahir Shah's reign, spanning over several decades.



Large value in the center within a circle surrounded by grain stalk with radiant background.



10 Pul

KM# 939
Material Cupronickel
Weight 2.8 g
Diameter 18 mm
Thickness 1.1 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Kabul Mint

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