Iranian rial
ریال ایران (Persian)
Iranian Rial.svg
ISO 4217
CodeIRR
Number364
Exponent2
Denominations
Superunit
 10toman تومان
plural تَوَامِين‎ (tawāmīn) or تُومَانَات‎‎ (tūmānāt)
Symbol in Persian
Rl/Rls or IR in Latin
Banknotes
 Freq. usedRls 10,000, Rls 20,000, Rls 50,000, Rls 100,000, Rls 500,000, Rls 1,000,000
 Rarely usedRls 100, Rls 200, Rls 500, Rls 1,000, Rls 2,000, Rls 5,000
Coins
 Freq. usedRls 1,000, Rls 2,000, Rls 5,000
 Rarely usedRls 250, Rls 500
Demographics
Official user(s)Iran
Unofficial user(s)
Issuance
Central bankCBI (Since 1960)
BMI (1932–1960)
PrinterSPMO (Since 1982)[11]
De La Rue (former)[12]
American Banknote Corporation (former)[12]
MintSPMO
Valuation
Inflation54.0% (July 2022)
 Sourcehttps://www.eghtesadnews.com/بخش-اخبار-اقتصادی-67/510261-اعلام-نرخ-تورم-تیر
Valueofficial rate
US$1 = Rls 42,000
(2022)
free market
US$1 = Rls 300,000
(27 August 2022)[13]

The rial (Persian: ریال ایران, romanizedriyâl-è Irân; sign: ; abbreviation: Rl (singular) and Rls (plural)[14][15] or IR[16] in Latin; ISO code: IRR) is the official currency of Iran.

There is no official symbol for the currency but the Iranian standard ISIRI 820 defined a symbol for use on typewriters (mentioning that it is an invention of the standards committee itself) and the two Iranian standards ISIRI 2900 and ISIRI 3342 define a character code to be used for it. The Unicode Standard has a compatibility character defined U+FDFC RIAL SIGN.[17]

A proposal has been agreed to by the Iranian parliament to drop four zeros, by replacing the rial with a new currency called the toman, the name of a previous Iranian currency, at the rate of 1 toman = 10,000 rials. This change is expected to take place between 2020 and 2022.[18]

History

See also: Banking in Iran § History

The rial was first introduced in 1798 as a coin worth 1,250 dinars or one-eighth of a toman. In 1825, the rial ceased to be issued, with the qiran subdivided into 20 shahi or 1,000 dinars and was worth one-tenth of a toman, being issued as part of a decimal system. The rial replaced the qiran at par in 1932, subdivided into 100 new dinars.

Prior to decimalisation in 1932, these coins and currencies were used, and some of these terms still have wide usage in Iranian languages and proverbs:[19]

Old currency Value First issue Year Notes
Darics & siglos 1Darics = 20siglos Darius the Great (Achaemenid King of Kings) 522 BCE
Derachem Seleucus the Nicator 315 BCE see:Seleucid_coinage
Dinar & Derham & Fals variable Abd al-Malik (umayyad cailph) 695
Shahi 50 dinars Shah Ahmad (Samanid) 819 Also known as: (50 Dinar)
Mahmoudi (Sannar) 100 dinars Shah Mahmoud (Ghaznavid) 998 Also known as: (100 Dinar, 2 Shahi)
Toman 10,000 dinars Hulagu Khan (Ilkhanate) 1256 Also known as: 10,000 Dinar, 200 Shahi, 100 Mahmoudi (Sannar), 50 Abbasi, 20 Naderi, 10 Qiran, 8 Rial
Abbasi 200 dinars Shah Abbas I (Safavid) 1588 Also known as: 200 Dinar, 4 Shahi, 2 Mahmoudi/Sannar
Naderi 500 dinars Nader Shah (Afsharid) 1736 Also known as: 500 Dinar, 10 Shahi, 5 Mahmoudi (Sannar), 2 1/2 Abbasi
Qiran 1,000 dinars Fath Ali Shah (Qajar) 1825 Also known as: 1,000 Dinar, 20 Shahi, 10 Mahmoudi (Sannar), 5 Abbasi, 2 Naderi
Rial 1,250 dinars Fath Ali Shah (Qajar) 1798 Also known as: 1,250 Dinar, 25 Shahi, 12 1/2 Mahmoudi (Sannar), 6 1/4 Abbasi, 2 1/2 Naderi, 1 1/4 Qiran

Value

See also: Central Bank of Iran § Money supply, Seigniorage, Customs Administration in Iran, and Economy of Iran

The Iranian rial remained relatively stable against the US dollar until late 2011 when it lost two-thirds of its value within two years.[20]
The Iranian rial remained relatively stable against the US dollar until late 2011 when it lost two-thirds of its value within two years.[20]
Between 2002 and 2006, the rate of inflation has been fluctuating around 14%.[21]
Between 2002 and 2006, the rate of inflation has been fluctuating around 14%.[21]

In 1932, the rial was pegged to sterling at a rate of £1 stg = Rls 59.75. The exchange rate was £1 = Rls 80.25 in 1936, £1 = Rls 64.350 in 1939, £1 = Rls 68.8 in 1940, £1 = Rls 141 in 1941 and £1 = Rls 129 in 1942. In 1945, the rial was pegged to the US dollar at US$1 = Rls 32.25. The rate was US$1 = Rls 75.75 in 1957. Iran did not follow the dollar's devaluation in 1973, leading to a new peg of US$1 = Rls 68.725. The dollar peg was dropped in 1975.[citation needed]

In 1979, Rls 70 equalled US$1. The value of the rial declined precipitously after the Islamic revolution because of capital flight from the country.[22][23] Studies estimate that the flight of capital from Iran shortly before and after the revolution in the range of $30 to $40 billion.[24] Whereas on March 15, 1978, Rls 71.46 equalled $1, in July 1999, $1 equalled Rls 9,430.

Injecting sudden foreign exchange revenues in the economic system forms the phenomenon of "Dutch disease" in a country. There are two main consequences for a country with Dutch disease: loss of price competitiveness in its production goods, and hence the exports of those goods; and an increase in imports. Both cases are clearly visible in Iran.[25]

Although described as an (interbank) "market rate", the value of the Iranian rial is tightly controlled by the central bank. The state ownership of oil export earnings and its large reserves, supervision of letters of credit, together with current – and capital outflow account – outflows allows management of demand. The central bank has allowed the rial to weaken in nominal terms (4.6% on average in 2009) in order to support the competitiveness of non-oil exports.

There is an active black market in foreign exchange, but the development of the TSE rate and the ready availability of foreign exchange during 2000 narrowed the differential to as little as IR100 in mid-2000.[26] However, the spread increased again in September 2010 because channels for transferring foreign currency to and from Iran being blocked because of international sanctions.[27][28]

Monetary policy is facilitated by a network of 50 Iranian-run forex dealers in Iran, the rest of the Middle East and Europe. According to the Wall Street Journal and dealers, the Iranian government was selling US$250 million daily to keep the rial exchange rate against the US dollar between Rls 9,700 and Rls 9,900 in 2009.[29] At times (before the devaluation of the rial in 2013) the authorities weakened the national currency intentionally by withholding the supply of hard currency to earn more rial-denominated income, usually at times when the government faced a budget deficit.[30]

The widening of the gap between official and unofficial exchange rates stood at over 20% in November 2011. This shows the correlation between the value of foreign currencies and the domestic inflationary environment.[31]

The unofficial rial to US dollar rate underwent severe fluctuations in January 2012 (the rial losing 50% of its value in a few days, following new international sanctions against the CBI), eventually settling at Rls 17,000 at the end of the period. Besides all the bad effects on the economy in general, this had the effect of boosting the competitiveness of Iran's domestic industries abroad. Following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's decision to liberalize the mechanism by which bank interest rates are set (granting banks the authority to raise interest rates to 21%),[30] CBI announced that it would be fixing the official rate of the rial against the dollar at Rls 12,260 from January 28, 2012 and seek to meet all demand for foreign currency through banks.[30][32][33][34][35]

As of June 2020, the Iranian rial has fallen almost five-fold since the beginning of 2018 and contributing to the record inflation. Reason cited by analysts is the fact that the government has been printing money in excess of the economic growth.[36]

US dollar – Iranian rial official exchange rate graph (2000-2017)[citation needed]
US dollar – Iranian rial official exchange rate graph (2000-2017)[citation needed]
Official vs. free exchange rates (rials per US dollar)[37][38]
Year Official rate Transfer/business/trade/parallel/free rate
2003 8,193 8,193
2004 8,885 8,885
2005 8,964 8,964
2006 9,227 9,227
2007 9,408 9,408
2008 9,143 9,143
2009 9,900 9,900
2010 10,308 10,308
2011 10,800 13,568
2012 12,175.5 26,059
2013 18,517.2 31,839
2014 25,780.2 32,385
2017 33,127 59,500
2018 42,000 135,000
2019 42,000 129,500
2020 42,000 253,940
2021 42,000 273,080
Pre-unification, rials per US dollar:
Market: 8,200 (2002); 8,050 (2001); 8,350 (2000)[39]
Preferred: 6,906 (2002); 1,753 (2001); 1,764 (2000)[40]

Exchange rate system

Until 2002, Iran's exchange rate system was based on a multi-layered system, where state and para-state enterprises benefited from the "preferred or official rate" (Rls 1,750 for US$1) while the private sector paid the "market rate" (Rls 8,000 for US$1), hence creating an unequal competition environment. The "official rate" applied to oil and gas export receipts, imports of essential goods and services, and repayment of external debt. The "export rate", fixed at Rls 3,000 per dollar since May 1995, applied to all other trade transactions, but mainly to capital goods imports of public enterprises.[26]

In 1998, in order to ease pressure on exporters, the central bank introduced a currency certificate system allowing exporters to trade certificates for hard currency on the Tehran Stock Exchange, thus creating a floating value for the rial known as the "TSE rate" or "market rate". This method finally replaced the fixed "export rate" (Rls 3,000:US$1) in March 2000, and has since held steady at some Rls 8,500:US$1.

In March 2002, the multi-tiered system was replaced by a unified, market-driven exchange rate. In 2002 the "official rate" a/k/a "preferred rate" (Rls 1,752:US$1) was abolished, and the TSE rate became the basis for the new unified foreign-exchange regime.[41] Iran's Central Bank channels more than 90 per cent of hard currency into the local market (2012).[30]

Forex bourse

See also: Foreign exchange market

In a move interpreted as aiming at unifying currency exchange rates, on September 24, 2012, the government launched a foreign exchange centre, that would provide importers of some basic goods with foreign exchanges, at a rate about 2% cheaper than the open market rate on a given day.[42][43] This project was cancelled following the strong depreciation of the rial between 2012 and 2013 but was put on the agenda again in 2015 for use in the reunification of forex rates (planned for 2017) and the introduction of currency derivatives. through the Iran Mercantile Exchange.[44]

In addition to banks, exchange shops are also available for limited transactions. Exchange shops must operate under the licenses issued by Central Bank of Iran. Foreign currencies can be bought or sold at these exchange shops.

Exchange restriction

Exchange restriction arises from limitations on the transferability of rial profits from certain investments under the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act and from limitations on other investment-related current international payments under this act.[45]

Multiple currency practices

In 2010, the cases of multiple currency practices arose from the following:[45]

  1. Budget subsidies for foreign exchange purchases in connection with payments of certain letters of credit opened prior to March 21, 2002, under the previous multiple exchange rate system (see above);
  2. Obligations of entities that had received allocations of foreign exchange at subsidized "allocated rates" under the previous multiple exchange rate system to surrender unused allocations to the Central Bank of Iran at the allocation rate.

Until 2012, the dollar had different exchange rates, depending on where you are buying your currency[46]

In 2012, Bank Markazi classified a long list of goods into categories with priorities 1 through 10, leaving it to the parallel market to take of all other needs. Priorities 1 and 2 are food and medicine, receiving foreign exchange at the official rate of Rls 12,260 per dollar, followed by other categories with lower priorities, which are mostly intermediate goods used in industrial production.[47]

Redenomination

Because of the current low value of rial, and that people rarely use the term, redenomination or change of currency has been proposed a number of times since the late 1980s. The issue has re-emerged and been under discussion, as a result of issuance of larger banknotes in 2003. Opponents of redenomination are wary of more inflation resulting from psychological effects, and increase in velocity of money leading to more instabilities in the economy of Iran.[48][49]

On April 12, 2007, the Economics Commission of the Parliament announced initiation of a statute in draft to change the currency, claiming redenominations had helped reduce inflation elsewhere, such as in Turkey.[50][51] In 2008, an official at the Central Bank of Iran said the bank plans to slash four zeros off the rial and rename it the toman.[52] The bank printed two new traveller's cheques, which function quite similar to a banknote, with values of Rls 500,000 and Rls 1,000,000. However, they have the figures "50" (should read 50 thousand toman) and "100" (should read 100 thousand toman) written on their top right hand corners, respectively, which is seen as the first step toward a new currency.[52]

In 2010, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran would remove three zeros (not the four that had been proposed) from its national currency as part of the economic reform plan.[citation needed]

In April 2011, it was reported that the Central Bank is working on a six-month redenomination project to cut four zeros from the national currency and replace old bank notes with new ones, similar to the revaluation of the Turkish lira in 2005.[53][54][55][56]

A website to poll the public on the redenomination plan was launched July 21, 2011; the public was allowed to vote on how many zeroes to cut and what the new currency's name should be. Preliminary results indicate that four zeroes would be cut (in line with the government's recommendation) and that the name will be changed to Parsi.[57]

In 2016, the government announced its plan to end the official status of the rial, replacing it with the commonly used unit the toman (which represents 10 rials).[citation needed]

In July 2019, the Iranian government approved a bill to change the national currency from the rial to the toman with one toman equalling Rls 10, a process which will reportedly cost $160 million.[citation needed] This proposal was approved by the Iranian parliament in May 2020. The changeover is likely to be phased over a period of up to two years.[citation needed]

CIA market manipulation

It was reported in 2007 that a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plan had been authorized to manipulate the Iranian rial in order to destabilize the country, though the details and outcome of said plan are not known.[58] Iran reported arresting 20 "Forex manipulators" in 2012.[59]

In 2013, talking about the sanctions against Iran, US Senator Carl Levin said that "Iranian Rial banknotes are printed in Europe".[60]

Coins

See also: Iranian gold coin

Classical rial

A golden daric coin minted during the time of the ancient Persian Empire
A golden daric coin minted during the time of the ancient Persian Empire

During the late 18th and early 19th century, silver coins were issued in denominations of 18, 14, 12 and 1 rial.

Modern rial

The first coins of the second rial currency, introduced in 1932, were in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 25 dinars, Rl 12, Rl 1, Rls 2 and Rls 5, with the Rls 12 to Rls 5 coins minted in silver. Gold coins denominated in pahlavi were also issued, initially valued at Rls 100. In 1944, the silver coinage was reduced in size, with the smallest silver coins being the Rls 1 pieces. Minting of all denominations below 25 dinars ended in this year. In 1945, silver Rls 10 coins were introduced. In 1953, silver coins ceased to be minted, with the smallest denomination now 50 dinars. Rls 20 coins were introduced in 1972.

After the Islamic Revolution, the coinage designs were changed to remove the Shah's effigy but the sizes and compositions were not immediately changed. 50 dinar coins were only minted in 1979 and Rls 50 coins were introduced in 1980. In 1992, a new coinage was introduced with smaller Rls 1, Rls 5, Rls 10 and Rls 50 coins and new Rls 100 pieces. Rls 250 coins were introduced the following year. In 2004, the sizes of the Rls 50, Rls 100 and Rls 250 coins were reduced and Rls 500 coins were introduced. New, smaller types of Rls 250 and Rls 500 were introduced in 2009, along with the new denomination of Rls 1,000. Rls 2,000 and Rls 5,000 rial coins in 2010.

Current series

Iranian rial coins currently in circulation
Image Value Technical parameters Description Date of
Obverse Reverse Diameter Thickness Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse first minting
Rls 50 20.2 mm 1.33 mm 3.5 g copper
nickel
aluminium
Reeded Value, motif, year of minting, "Islamic Republic of Iran" Fatima Masumeh Shrine 2004
Rls 100 22.95 mm 1.36 mm 4.6 g copper
nickel
aluminium
Reeded Value, motif, year of minting, "Islamic Republic of Iran" Imam Reza Shrine 2004
Rls 250 18.8 mm 1.56 mm 2.8 g copper
nickel
aluminium
Reeded Value, motif, year of minting, "Islamic Republic of Iran" Feyziyeh School 2009
Rls 500 20.8 mm 1.66 mm 3.9 g copper
nickel
aluminium
Reeded Value, motif, year of minting, "Islamic Republic of Iran" Saadi's Mausoleum in Shiraz 2009
Rls 1,000 23.7 mm 1.9 mm 5.8 g copper
nickel
aluminium
Reeded Value, motif, year of minting, "Islamic Republic of Iran" Khaju Bridge 2009
Rls 2,000 26.3 mm 1.76 mm 6.8 g copper
nickel
zinc
Reeded Value, motif, year of minting, "Islamic Republic of Iran" Shrine of Imam Reza 2010
Rls 5,000 29.3 mm 2 mm 10.1 g copper
nickel
zinc
Reeded Value, motif, year of minting, "Islamic Republic of Iran" Text, Fiftieth Anniversary of Foundation of the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran 2010
These images are to scale at 2.5 pixels per millimetre. For table standards, see the coin specification table.

Banknotes

In 1932, notes were issued by the "Bank Melli Iran" in denominations of Rls 5, Rls 10, Rls 20, Rls 50, Rls 100 and Rls 500. Rls 1,000 notes were introduced in 1935, followed by Rls 200 notes in 1951 and Rls 5,000 and Rls 10,000 in 1952. Rls 5 notes were last issued in the 1940s, with Rls 10 notes disappearing in the 1960s. In 1961, the Central Bank of Iran took over the issuance of paper money.

In 1979, after the Islamic revolution, Iranian banknotes featuring the Shah's face were counter-stamped with intricate designs to cover the Shah's face. The first regular issues of the Islamic Republic were in denominations of Rls 100, Rls 200, Rls 500, Rls 1,000, Rls 5,000 and Rls 10,000. Rls 2,000 notes were introduced in 1986.

They are issued by the Central Bank of Iran, each bearing the signature of the President of the Iranian Central Bank. The Rls 100, Rls 200 and Rls 500 banknotes are becoming increasingly uncommon; shopkeepers habitually give out small packages of gum in lieu of the last Rls 500 of change. For day to day means people will carry wads of Rls 100,000 notes.

Qajar Series (1850–1925)

Current series
Image Value Dimensions
(millimetres)
Main color Description
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
1-TOMAN-NASER.Jpg
Naser Aldin Shah 1 Toman specimen banknote reverse.jpg
1 toman 130 × 67 Silver Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar Value, "Imperial State of Iran"
5t-type1-obv-naser.jpg
5t-type1-rev-naser.jpg
5 tomans 136 × 69 Tan Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar Value, "Imperial State of Iran"
IranP7s-50tomans-ND-donatedjs f.jpg
50t-type1-rev-naser.jpg
50 tomans 142 × 71 Gray Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar Value, Lion and Sun

Reza Shah Series (1925–1941)

Current series
Image Value Dimensions
(millimetres)
Main color Description
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
5r-type1-obv-reza.jpg
5r-type1-rev-reza.jpg
Rls 5 130 × 67 Green Reza Shah Pahlavi Value, Lion and Sun with crown
10r-obv-1311-reza.jpg
10r-rev-1311-reza.jpg
Rls 10 136 × 69 Brown Reza Shah Pahlavi Value, Lion and Sun with crown
20rials-reza.jpg
Reza Shah 20 Rials banknote 1st series reverse.jpg
Rls 20 142 × 71 Purple Reza Shah Pahlavi Value, Lion and Sun with crown
پانصد ریال - سری ششم رضا شاه - کد ۵۷ (رو).png
500RialsNoteIran 22047.jpg
Rls 500 142 × 71 Navy Reza Shah Pahlavi Tomb of Cyrus
1000rial rezapahlavi.JPG
یک هزار ریال - سری ششم رضا شاه - کد ۵۸ (پشت).png
Rls 1,000 148 × 73 Silver Reza Shah Pahlavi Mount Damavand

Mohammad Reza Shah Series (1942–1978)

Current series
Image Value Dimensions
(millimetres)
Main color Description
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
10-RIAL-OBV-KE.jpg
10-RIAL-REV-KE.jpg
Rls 10 130 × 67 Silver Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Imperial seal of Darius the Great
10-RIAL-OBV-TAKHT-KE.jpg
10-RIAL-REV-TAKHT-KE.jpg
Rls 10 130 × 67 Silver Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Avicenna Mausoleum
10-RIAL-OBV-TAMAMROKH-KE.jpg
10-RIAL-REV-TAMAMROKH-KE.jpg
Rls 10 130 × 67 Silver Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Amir Kabir Dam
Banknote of shah - 20 rials (front).jpg
Banknote of shah - 20 rials (rear).jpg
Rls 20 130 × 67 Orange Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Amir Kabir Dam
50 rials of second Pahlavi for 2500 years of Persian empire (front).jpg
50 rials of second Pahlavi for 2500 years of Persian empire (rear).jpg
Rls 50 130 × 67 Green Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in a public meeting
Banknote of shah - 50 rials (front).jpg
Banknote of shah - 50 rials (rear).jpg
Rls 50 130 × 67 Green Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Pasargadae
100 rials of second Pahlavi for 2500 years of Persian empire (front).jpg
100 rials of second Pahlavi for 2500 years of Persian empire (rear).jpg
Rls 100 136 × 69 Purple Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Social services
Banknote of second Pahlavi - 100 rials (front).jpg
Banknote of second Pahlavi - 100 rials (rear).jpg
Rls 100 136 × 69 Purple Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Marble Palace
Kingdom of Iran 100 Rials Banknote for 50th Anniversary of Pahlavi Dynasty (obverse).png
Kingdom of Iran 100 Rials Banknote for 50th Anniversary of Pahlavi Dynasty (reverse).png
Rls 100 136 × 69 Purple Reza Shah Pahlavi and Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi 50th Anniversary of the establishment of Pahlavi Dynasty
Banknote of second Pahlavi - 200 rials (front).jpg
Banknote of second Pahlavi - 200 rials (rear).jpg
Rls 200 136 × 69 Blue-green Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Azadi Tower
Kingdom of Iran 500 Rials Banknote 1976 - Second Pahlavi King (obverse).png
Kingdom of Iran 500 Rials Banknote 1976 - Second Pahlavi King (reverse).png
Rls 500 142 × 71 Silver-yellow Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Marlik Cup
Banknote of second Pahlavi - 1000 rials (front).jpg
Banknote of second Pahlavi - 1000 rials (rear).jpg
Rls 1,000 148 × 73 Brown Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Tomb of Hafez
Kingdom of Iran 5000 Rials Banknote 1977 - Second Pahlavi King (obverse).png
Kingdom of Iran 5000 Rials Banknote 1977 - Second Pahlavi King (reverse).png
Rls 5,000 154 × 75 Blue Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Golestan Palace
Kingdom of Iran 10000 Rials Banknote 1978 - Second Pahlavi King (obverse).png
Kingdom of Iran 10000 Rials Banknote 1978 - Second Pahlavi King (reverse).png
Rls 10,000 160 × 77 Green Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Baharestan

Imam Reza Shrine Series (1980–1982)

Current series
Image Value Dimensions
(millimetres)
Main color Description
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
Rls 100 142×71 Purple Imam Reza shrine Chaharbagh School
Rls 200 148×73 Blue-green Imam Reza shrine Avicenna Mausoleum
Rls 500 154×75 Brown Imam Reza shrine Winged horse
Rls 1,000 160×77 Pink Imam Reza shrine Tomb of Hafez
Rls 5,000 166×79 Purple Imam Reza shrine Tehran's Oil refinery
Rls 10,000 172×81 Green Imam Reza shrine Baharestan

Revolution Series (1981–2005)

Current series
Image Value Dimensions
(millimetres)
Main color Description
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
Rls 100 130×67 Purple Hassan Modarres Old building of Islamic Consultative Assembly
Rls 200 136×69 Grey Jame Mosque of Yazd Agricultural Workers
Rls 500 142×71 Gray-green Friday prayers University of Tehran main entrance
Rls 1,000 148×73 Brown Feyziyeh School Dome of the Rock
Rls 2,000 151×74 Purple Liberation of Khorramshahr Kaaba
Rls 5,000 154×75 Red Revolutionaries Fatima Masumeh Shrine
Rls 10,000 160×77 Blue Revolutionaries Imam Reza shrine

Ruhollah Khomeini Series (1992–2019)

Current series
Image Value Dimensions
(millimetres)
Main color Description
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
[61] [62] Rls 1,000 148 × 73 Brown Ruhollah Khomeini Dome of the Rock
[63] [64] Rls 2,000 151 × 74 Onion-skin purple Ruhollah Khomeini Kaaba
[65] [66] Rls 5,000 154 × 75 Brown-olive Ruhollah Khomeini Flowers and birds
[67] [67] Rls 5,000 154 × 75 Brown-olive Ruhollah Khomeini Omid satellite, Safir 2 rocket, globe with the marked territory of Iran
[68] [68] Rls 5,000 154 × 75 Brown-olive Ruhollah Khomeini Pottery from Zabol (Eastern Iran)
[69] [70] Rls 10,000 160 × 77 Green Ruhollah Khomeini Mount Damavand
[71] [72] Rls 20,000 163 × 78 Blue Ruhollah Khomeini Naqsh-e Jahan Square
[73] [73] Rls 20,000 163 × 78 Blue Ruhollah Khomeini Jami Al-Aqsa
[74] [74] Rls 20,000 163 × 78 Blue Ruhollah Khomeini Aghazadeh Mansion
[75] [76] Rls 50,000 166 × 79 Ochre Ruhollah Khomeini Map of Iran with Atom symbol, quote in Persian from the prophet Mohammed ("If the science exists in this constellation, men from Persia will reach it"), and "Persian Gulf" in English
[75] [77] Rls 50,000 166 × 79 Ochre Ruhollah Khomeini University of Tehran main entrance
[78] [79] Rls 100,000 166 × 79 Light olive greenish Ruhollah Khomeini Saadi's Mausoleum in Shiraz

Intergenerational series (2019–2022)

In preparation for an upcoming redenomination whereby Rls 10,000 will become one toman, notes of this series display the numerical value in tomans as well as rials (the latter with the trailing four zeros de-emphasized). Due to a shortage of paper currency, higher denominations have been issued as cheques rather than legal tender banknotes.

Image Value Dimensions
(millimetres)
Main color Description
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
Rls 10,000
(1 toman)
156 × 71 Grey Ruhollah Khomeini Avicenna Mausoleum in Hamadan
Rls 20,000
(2 tomans)
156 × 71 Blue Ruhollah Khomeini Maqbaratoshoara in Tabriz
Rls 50,000
(5 tomans)
156 × 71 Purple Ruhollah Khomeini Tomb of Hafez in Shiraz
Rls 100,000
(10 tomans)
156 × 71 Green Ruhollah Khomeini Tomb of Saadi in Shiraz
2019
2020
2021

Issuance of larger notes

Printing banknotes larger than Rls 10,000 was first proposed in 1989, and in 1992 the central bank asked for government permission to print Rls 20,000, Rls 50,000 and Rls 100,000 notes. This was not realized at that time, due to fears of inflation and counterfeiting.[48] The Rls 10,000 note remained the highest valued banknote for more than 50 years until 2005, when a Rls 20,000 banknote was introduced and subsequently a Rls 50,000 banknote was introduced with the subject being the Iranian nuclear energy program. The note was issued March 12,.[84][85] The note features a quote by the prophet Mohammed, translated as: "Even if knowledge is at the Pleiades, the people from the land of Persia would attain it".[86] Banknotes currently in circulation are Rls 100, Rls 200, Rls 500, Rls 1,000, Rls 2,000, Rls 5,000, Rls 10,000, Rls 20,000, Rls 50,000 and Rls 100,000. After the death of Ruhollah Khomeini, his portrait was used on the obverse of Rls 1,000 banknotes and greater.

Cash cheques

See also: Payment systems in Iran

Currently the highest valued legal tender banknote issued by the central bank is Rls 100,000 (about US$2.38 on Apr. 13, 2018).[87] However Rls 500,000 and Rls 1,000,000 Iran Cheques circulate freely and are treated as cash.

The central bank used to allow major state banks to print their own banknotes known as "cash cheques". They were a form of bearer teller's-cheque with fixed amounts, printed in the form of official banknotes. Once they were acquired from banks, they could function like cash for a year. Two forms of these banknotes were available. One known as "Iran cheque" could be cashed in any financial institution, while the other could be cashed at the issuing bank. They were printed in denominations of Rls 200,000, Rls 500,000, Rls 1,000,000, Rls 2,000,000 and Rls 5,000,000.[88][89]

In 2008, CBI revoked this privilege from banks, and currently issues its own Iran Cheques in denominations of Rls 500,000 and Rls 1,000,000.[90]

Iran Cheque
Image Value Dimensions
(millimetres)
Main color Description Year
Obverse Reverse Obverse Reverse
Rls 500,000 160 × 75 Purple Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad Persian Calligraphy 2008
Rls 500,000 142 × 71 Indigo Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad Tomb of Hafez 2015
Rls 500,000 156 × 71 Red Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad Mount Damavand in Mazandaran 2019
Rls 1,000,000 160 × 75 Brown Tachara in Persepolis Persian Calligraphy 2008
Rls 1,000,000 160 × 75 Blue Tachara in Persepolis Persian Calligraphy 2009
Rls 1,000,000 156 × 71 Blue Tachara in Persepolis South Pars Gas-Condensate field in Persian Gulf 2020
Current IRR exchange rates
From Google Finance: AUD CAD CHF CNY EUR GBP HKD JPY USD PKR EUR JPY
From Yahoo! Finance: AUD CAD CHF CNY EUR GBP HKD JPY USD PKR EUR JPY
From XE.com: AUD CAD CHF CNY EUR GBP HKD JPY USD PKR EUR JPY
From OANDA: AUD CAD CHF CNY EUR GBP HKD JPY USD PKR EUR JPY

Printing

Security Paper Mill (called TAKAB) is a paper mill and a subsidiary of the Central Bank of Iran responsible for production of security papers, including those of the Iranian rial banknotes located in the city of Amol.[91]

See also

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Iranian Rial
Preceded by:
Iranian qiran
Reason: removed from Iranian currency by National Bank
Ratio: at par
Currency of Iran
1932 – 2021
Succeeded by:
Iranian toman
Reason: financial reform