Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses Iranian top officials in a mosque at his residence in Tehran, Iran, picture released on June 23, 2015. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
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Hard up Iranian husbands will no longer face jail for failing to pay dowries that can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars, following passage of a new law, it was reported Wednesday.So the dowry of a 24-year-old woman born in 1370 (1991) would be 1,370 coins worth $367,000 (334,000 euros) at the current gold price.A much lower figure could be just 14 coins, equivalent to the 12 imams in Shiite Islam, plus the Prophet Mohammed and his daughter Fatima.The coins, which carry the image of the Islamic republic's founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, are about 22 mm in diameter (roughly the same as a 20 euro cent piece or five US cents).
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