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  • 2 Afghanis 1961, KM# 954, Afghanistan, Mohammed Zahir Shah
  • 2 Afghanis 1961, KM# 954, Afghanistan, Mohammed Zahir Shah

Mohammed Zahir Shah (1914–2007) was the last King of Afghanistan, reigning from 8 November 1933 until he was deposed on 17 July 1973. He expanded Afghanistan's diplomatic relations with many countries, including with both Cold War sides. In the 1950s, Zahir Shah began modernizing the country in line with Turkey. His long reign was marked by peace and stability that was lost afterwards.

While staying in Italy for medical treatment, Zahir Shah was overthrown in a surprise coup in 1973 by his cousin and former prime minister, Mohammed Daoud Khan, who established a republic. He remained in exile near Rome until 2002, returning to Afghanistan after the end of the Taliban government. He was given the title Father of the Nation, which he held until his death in 2007.


Depicts an eagle with wings spread, radian sun behind, the state name above, date in Solar Hijri calendar below.



Large value in the center flanked by grain stalk and stars.



2 Afghanis

KM# 954 Schön# 93
Material Nickel Clad Steel
Weight 5.3 g
Diameter 25.1 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Alt # KM# 954.1, KM# 954.2
Hamburg Mint (J)
Kabul Mint

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