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A currency exchange dealer checks Iranian gold coins at a currency exchange shop in Tehran's business district July 5, 2011. Whether for wedding gifts or as a way to squirrel away savings, Iranians have a long history of buying gold coins, widely available from dealers in high street shops and bazaars. But recently, what was a steady demand has become a gold rush. Amid global economic uncertainty, the price of gold on world markets rose steadily in the first half of 2011 and Iranian coins appreciated in line with that. Rather than cashing in their coins for a profit, Iranians continued to buy them in ever larger numbers. Picture taken July 5, 2011. To match Feature IRAN-GOLD/ COINS REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)