A collection of ancient coins from different historical periods including a 2500-year-old gold coin and a rare piece belonging to Imam Reza’s period is now part of treasury with the Astan Quds Razavi’s museum.
Bequeathed by Mohammad Taghi Saffar, a numismatic researcher of pre-Islam coins, the treasury includes 200 pieces belonging to various historical periods, chief among them an Achaemenid daric gold, dating back to 350-500 BC.
Saffar said: “Daric, bearing the image of an Achaemenid king with a spear and bow, is a product of Sard mint house. Also, another precious coin, minted in Isfahan in 203 AH, belongs to the time when Imam Reza (AS) was the caliph’s successor.”
Sard (also spelled Sardis and Sardes) was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia in western Asia Minor.
The collection also includes gold coins belonging to the reigns of Sassanid kings Shapur I and Bahram II, as well as Sarbedaran contenders, kings of Hormuz, Fatimid Dynasty, Ilkhanids, and Romans, plus silver coins belonging to various dynasties from Umayyad Caliphate to Qajar period.
Referring to the collection as a fruit of his 35-year endeavor, Saffar described Astan Quds Razavi’s professional maintenance of ancient and historical objects as the main reason for his endowment, to be kept for future generations.
Saffar has already dedicated two collections of 110 and 130 coins to the museums of Astan Quds Razavi in recent years. With this most recent endowment, the number of coins he has bequeathed stands at over 440 pieces.