Kings, Satraps and Shahs: Persian coinage through the ages

Drawn from the Fitzwilliam's world-class numismatic collection this exhibition explores the history of Persia through the coins produced from the sixth century BC until recent times.

The gold and silver coins are a reflection of the political and cultural makeup of the Achaemenid Empire and the changes which took place after its collapse at the hand of Alexander the Great. Later developments are richly illustrated by the iconographic wealth of the Parthian, Sassanian and later coins of the Safavid and Qajar dynasties. These pieces are juxtaposed with ceramics and seals which also reflect the artistic wealth of Persian history.

This display complements the exhibition Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (11 September 2010 - 9 January 2011)

Please note: the closing date of this exhibition has been extended (was 30 January 2011)

Tue 21 September 2010 to Sun 13 March 2011
Octagon Gallery (10)

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