Bank Sepah Museum has a 61 – year history. From1957 to 1967, Ms. Malkzade Bayani collected the most prominent Iranian coins, which were eventually displayed at Bank Sepah Museum in 1973.
Mr. Babak Sadri, Assistant Director of Bank Sepah Public Relations Department described the characteristics of the collected coins as follows:
The treasure of the museum includes coins minted in Asia Minor in the seventh and eighth centuries BC, and subsequent historical periods, such as Achaemenid, Alexander the Great and his successors, Parthians, Sassanids, as well as all Islamic periods from the Umayyad and Abbasid, central and local governments until present.
the following characteristics make this collection outstanding:
You know that in every historical and Islamic era, every city had a mint and there was no centralized coining. Thus, products of mints that practiced coining in one period, and were abandoned thereafter, or are just a name from history books now, could be found among Bank Sepah Museum coins.
Sometimes a local ruler or a rebel would come to power for a short time, even one day only indicating his name and date of the rebellion with a surcharge. The museum has also collected such rare coins.
Rare coins of local governments that are scarcely available in other collections exist in a sizable quantity in the museum.
Mr Sadri indicated that the fine Bank Sepah collection contains in addition to coins works of contemporary art paintings by prominent contemporary artists such as Sohrab Sepehri, Iran Darroodi, Sadegh Tabrizi, Reza Mafi, Hossein Zenderoodi, Davood Emdadian, Massoud Arabshahi and Mohsen Soheili (a direct student of Kamalolmolk), and others.
“Bank Sepah’s policy at this time has been working with people under the management of Mr Chaghazardy to make this museum an effective factor in deepening cultural relations.” Mr Sadri said.
Bank Sepah Museum was reopened on 4 March 2017 in an area of 1180 square meters with persistence and instructions of Bank Sepah Managing Director Mr Chaghazardy and the Bank’s officials.
Cultural heritage lovers, both inside and outside the country, can visit the Bank Sepah Museum everyday from 9 am to 3 pm, and on Thursdays from 9 am to 1 pm. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the historic site of Mashqh Square in Tehran, where the museum is located.
Address: Emam Khomeyni Square, Sepah Street, Bank Sepah Head Office, Bank Sepah Museum, Tehran, Iran