Heidarzadeh Museum of Coin, Anthropology in Iran's Yazd

Heidarzadeh Museum of Coin, Anthropology in Iran's Yazd

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Heydarzadeh Coin and Anthropology Museum of Yazd is the country's only specialized coin museum. The museum houses ancient gold, silver, copper, brass coins from 42 different historical eras.

Of the 4,800 items housed at the museum, 4,500 are old coins from various periods. The museum has coin displays that date from the Achaemenid (550-330 BC) era until the present day. A collection of paper money from the Nasser-al Din Shah (1831-1896) era up to the present day is among items showcased at this museum.

The museum also has items of anthropological value such as more than 100 old locks and silver jewelry as well as amber, silver-embellished and agate prayer beads.

Chains, clothing irons, agate rings, weapons, cookware (stone pots, bronze pots, vats and crocks), oil lamps, kerosene lamp, fuel lanterns, candle lanterns, and trainman's lanterns are some of the other items of anthropological value showcased at the museum.

This private museum was opened by Hossein Heydarzadeh, a native of Fahadan Neighborhood in the old texture of Yazd City, in 2005. Heydarzadeh, who is a cultural heritage enthusiast, has been collecting the items showcased in the museum since 1956.

Heydarzadeh Coin and Anthropology Museum is located in Fahadan Neighborhood in Arabzadeh House, which is sometimes also referred to as the Fahadan House.

Arabzadeh House is a Qajar era (1785-1925) mansion with unique poem and arabesque stucco reliefs, ceiling woodwork decorations, lattice doors, stained glass windows and light wells.

The house has a Sedari (three-door or –window room), Panjdari (five-door or –window room), Balakhaneh (room on the second floor of traditional homes used to entertain guests) and a basement directly under the Panjdari room. Like other traditional homes, Arabzadeh House also has a rectangular pool in its main courtyard directly in front of its Panjdari room. Arabzadeh House was registered as a National Heritage Site in 2002.

Source: Toiran.com

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