“Money Museum” is the first specialized and permanent museum of coin and paper money in Iran. inaugurated on July 1997 by the “Cultural Institution of Mostazafan Foundation Museums “. Since then it has been engaged in providing a unique collection of coins and paper money as well as research services to those interested in history, archaeology and numismatics.
The museum mainly focuses on the history of 2700 years of coinage and 100 years of paper money in Iran, including the first materials and objects such as metal rings used for trade and transactions, the first Iranian coins (Derik and Shekel) minted in Achaemenid era until current Iranian paper money.
This collection, which is the principle display, is divided into two parts: pre-Islamic and Islamic coins, together with Iranian paper money. Visitors can follow the history of Iran through coins of the Achaemenid kings, local rulers (satraps), through the reign of Alexander and his successors, as well as coins from the dynasties of the Seleucids, Parthians and Sassanid. Each of these collections have valuable historical material.
Money museum presents a valuable treasure which is really a document of the Iranian history. It is devoted part of its activities to research, providing a specialized library around coin sources, numismatics, history and archaeology.
We believe that the function of the museum is not only to present a historical collection but also to attract researchers, in order to create a specialized and relevant research institute around its key focus.
۱۸ct gold plated
۱۸th century AD
Shahpour coins usually have image of a royal officer that wears pearl necklace. The written on coin is: Shahpour the monotheist the king of Persia that resembles God. On the back side of the coin also is written “Shahpour s fire” with the image of two officers. On the coin of Shahpour the first you see the Shah s half-length picture with the crown. It was not popular during early Sassanid dynasty to use metal with less fineness but the exception was Shahpour the first s period. The coins belong to this Shah divides to two: when he was crown prince and when he was king. “King of Persia” is the title on the inscriptions found of his time.