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Title: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on April 22, 2007, 12:11:07 AM

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AustraliaSydney (,198.msg22543.html#msg22543)Masonic Museum
AustriaVienna (,198.msg11113.html#msg11113)Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
BangladeshDhaka (,198.msg148215.html#msg148215)Currency Museum (to be established)
Bangladesh Rajshahi (,198.msg210700.html#msg210700)Varendra Research Museum
BelgiumBrussels (,198.msg22534.html#msg22534)Museum of the National Bank
BelgiumBrussels (,198.msg162631.html#msg162631)ECFIN, euro coins
BelgiumBrussels (,198.msg222408.html#msg222408)Royal Coin Cabinet
BelizeCorozal (,198.msg212539.html#msg212539)House of culture
BulgariaSofia (,198.msg37083.html#msg37083)National History Museum
ChinaBeijing (,198.msg77648.html#msg77648)Beijing Ancient Coin Museum
ChinaShanghai (,198.msg70734.html#msg70734)Nanmatou Community Center
ChinaShanghai (,198.msg41018.html#msg41018)Shanghai Museum
ColombiaBogotá (,198.msg49797.html#msg49797)Casa de la Moneda
Costa RicaSan José (,198.msg76230.html#msg76230)Numismatic Museum
CroatiaSplit (,198.msg237869.html#msg237869)A G Leventis gallery
CyprusNicosia (,198.msg299069.html#msg299069)Archeological Museum
DenmarkCopenhagen (,198.msg117790.html#msg117790)Danmarks Nationalbank
DubaiDubai (,198.msg9559.html#msg9559)Coin House
EgyptCairo (,198.msg48074.html#msg48074)Egyptian Museum
EstoniaTallin (,198.msg17841.html#msg17841)Museum of the Eesti Pank
FinlandHelsinki (,198.msg50556.html#msg50556)Bank of Finland Museum
FinlandHelsinki (,198.msg92440.html#msg92440)Bank of Finland Museum
FranceParis (,198.msg258636.html#msg258636)Monnaie de Paris
GeorgiaTbilisi (,198.msg219082.html#msg219082)Simon Janashia Museum
GermanyBerlin (,198.msg13301.html#msg13301)Münzkabinett Berlin
GermanyFrankfurt/M (,198.msg11089.html#msg11089)Museum of the Deutsche Bundesbank
GermanyFrankfurt/M (,198.msg288284.html#msg288284)Goldkammer
GermanyTrier (,23250.msg155624.html#msg155624)Rheinisches Landesmuseum
GreeceAthens (,198.msg60817.html#msg60817)National Bank of Greece
GreeceAthens (,198.msg17055.html#msg17055)Numismatic Museum
GreeceAthens (,198.msg30630.html#msg30630)Numismatic Museum
GreeceAthens (,198.msg72474.html#msg72474)Numismatic Museum
HungaryBudapest (,198.msg62648.html#msg62648)Hadtorteneti Muzeum
Hungary Gyöngyös (,198.msg165373.html#msg165373)Huszár Lajos Éremtár
IcelandReykjavik (,198.msg289880.html#msg289880)Icelandic Central Bank
IndiaAhmedabad (,198.msg146264.html#msg146264)Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum
IndiaAhmedabad (,198.msg42804.html#msg42804)Paldi Museum
IndiaChennai (,198.msg38087.html#msg38087)Government Museum
IndiaChennai (,198.msg74792.html#msg74792)Government Museum
IndiaChennai (,198.msg122568.html#msg122568)City Museum
IndiaDelhi (,198.msg94980.html#msg94980)National Museum
IndiaEgmore (,198.msg106484.html#msg106484)Government Museum
IndiaGuwahati (,198.msg23888.html#msg23888)Assam State Museum
IndiaLucknow (,198.msg199184.html#msg199184)Lucknow Museum
IndiaKolkata (,198.msg91947.html#msg91947)Money Museum
IndiaMumbai (,198.msg44506.html#msg44506)Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Museum
IndiaMumbai (,198.msg91946.html#msg91946)RBI Monetary Museum
IndiaMumbai (,198.msg16523.html#msg16523)Dinesh Mody Museum
IndiaNagapattinam (,198.msg114300.html#msg114300) Nagapattinam archeological Museum
IndiaNizamabad (,198.msg173558.html#msg173558)Nizamabad Museum
IndiaPune (,198.msg73077.html#msg73077)archaeology museum
IndiaPune (,198.msg51943.html#msg51943)Yashlaxmi numismatic museum
IndiaUdupi (,198.msg63531.html#msg63531)Museum of Corporation bank
IndonesiaJakarta (,198.msg21213.html#msg21213)Bank Indonesia Museum
IranMashhad (,198.msg26944.html#msg26944)Astan-e Qods Razavi Museum
IsraelJerusalem (,198.msg165624.html#165624)Israel Museum
IsraelTel Aviv (,198.msg32744.html#msg32744)Eretz Israel Museum
ItalyRome (,198.msg11075.html#msg11075)Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
ItalyRome (,198.msg246916.html#msg246916)Museo della Zecca di Roma
JapanTokyo (,198.msg239660.html#msg239660)
Currency Museum
Korea (South)Seoul (,198.msg57353.html#msg57353)Bank of Korea Museum
LithuaniaTrakai (,198.msg209185.html#msg209185)Trakai castle
LithuaniaVilnius (,198.msg66291.html#msg66291)Lithuanian Money Museum
LithuaniaVilnius (,198.msg208503.html#msg208503)Lithuanian Money Museum
LithuaniaVilnius (,198.msg209184.html#msg209184)palace of the grand dukes of Lithuania
MalaysiaKuala Lumpur (,198.msg13297.html#msg13297)Bank Negara Malaysia
MaltaValetta (,198.msg10797.html#msg10797)Bank of Valetta Museum
MongoliaUlan Bator (,198.msg89979.html#msg89979)National Historical Museum
MongoliaUlan Bator (,198.msg117788.html#msg117788)State Ceremony and Honour’s Hall
MontenegroCetinje (,198.msg175085.html#msg175085)Money museum
NetherlandsHaarlem (,198.msg14795.html#msg14795)Joh. Enschedé museum
NetherlandsHaarlem (,198.msg19923.html#msg19923)Teyler's Museum
NetherlandsUtrecht (,198.msg11072.html#msg11072)Money Museum (closed)
OmanOman (,198.msg126866.html#msg125866)Central Bank of Oman Museum
OmanOman (,198.msg207192.html#msg207192)Central Bank of Oman Museum
PakistanKarachi (,198.msg83440.html#msg83440)State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Museum & Art Gallery
PakistanKarachi (,198.msg129769.html#msg83440)State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Museum & Art Gallery
PakistanLahore (,198.msg92668.html#msg92668)Lahore museum
PolandWarsaw (,198.msg55398.html#msg55398)Central Bank Money Center
PolandWarsaw (,198.msg55290.html#msg55290)Mennica Polska
PolandCracow (,198.msg100138.html#msg100138)National Museum
PolandCracow (,198.msg150756.html#msg150756)Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum
PortugalLisbon (,198.msg222001.html#msg222001)Museu do Dinheiro
RomaniaBucarest (,198.msg22282.html#msg22282)Palace of the National Bank
RomaniaBucarest (,198.msg156975.html#msg156975)National history museum
RussiaMoscow (,198.msg185557.html#msg185557)Money museum
RussiaNovosibirsk (,198.msg55890.html#msg55890)Suzunsky Smeltery and Mint
Saudi ArabiaRiyadh (,198.msg18147.html#msg18147)King Abdul Aziz General Library
SingaporeSingapore (,198.msg33326.html#msg33326)Coins and Notes museum
SingaporeSingapore (,198.msg68396.html#msg68396)Singapore Notes and Coins Museum
SlovakiaKremniça (,198.msg33491.html#msg33491)Museum of Coins and Medals
SpainMadrid (,198.msg11089.html#msg11089)Fábrica Nacional de Moneda
Sri LankaColombo (,198.msg281186.html#msg281186)Currency museum
SwedenStockholm (,198.msg11102.html#msg11102)Myntkabinettet
SwedenVisbyGotlands museum
SyriaDaraa (,198.msg48164.html#msg48164)Daraa National Museum
Trinidad & TobagoPort-of-Spain (,198.msg48338.html#msg48338)Central Bank Money Museum
Turkeyİstanbul (,198.msg57245.html#msg57245)Vedat Nedim Tör Museum
UKAccrington (,198.msg51254.html#msg51254)Haworth Art Gallery
UKCirencester (,198.msg93028.html#msg93028)Corinium museum
UKLondon (,198.msg29336.html#msg29336)British Museum
UKNewcastle-upon-Tyne (,198.msg100138.html#msg100138)Great North Museum
UKOxford (,198.msg37971.html#msg37971)Ashmolean Museum
UKSt. Neots (,198.msg116126.html#msg116126)St. Neots Museum
UKTruro (,198.msg52905.html#msg52905)Royal Cornwall Museum
UKWatford (,198.msg143413.html#msg143413)Three Rivers Museum
UkraineFeodosia (,198.msg49593.html#msg49593)Feodosia Money Museum
United Arab Emir.Abu Dhabi City (,198.msg165414.html#msg165414)Central Bank Museum of Coins and Notes
USABoston (,198.msg57453.html#msg57453)
Museum of Fine Arts
USABoston (,198.msg122602.html#msg122602)Museum of Fine Arts
USAChicago (,198.msg69738.html#msg69738)Federal Reserve Money Museum
USAChicago (,198.msg88845.html#msg88845)National Hellenic Museum
USANew York (,198.msg4945.html#msg4945)Museum of American Finance
USAPrinceton (,198.msg48086.html#msg48086)Numismatic Collection
USAWashington (,198.msg18914.html#msg18914)Museum of American History
USAWilliamsburg (,198.msg51179.html#msg51179)DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
UzbekistanTashkent (,198.msg245000.html#msg245000)Art Gallery of Uzbekistan
UzbekistanSamarqand (,198.msg245000.html#msg245000)Regional Museum of Local Lore
UzbekistanBukhara (,198.msg245000.html#msg245000)The Ark
UzbekistanKhiva (,198.msg245000.html#msg245000)The Ark
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on January 10, 2008, 05:15:34 PM
American museum aims to teach lessons of finance

By Kenneth Barry, Wed Jan 9, 2008 3:32pm
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some top U.S. chief executives may have held on to their jobs if only they had learned the lessons of American financial history.

A place for such learning will be the Museum of American Finance, which reopens this week after a $9 million make-over and move to the heart of the financial district in lower Manhattan.

The museum located at 48 Wall Street will display gold bars, numismatic treasures, interactive exhibits on entrepreneurship and more.

With its 30,000 square feet of space in a landmark building, the museum will also serve as the de facto visitors' gallery for the New York Stock Exchange, Lee Kjelleren, the museum's president, said.

"Our purpose is to bring Wall Street to Main Street and to show the importance and richness of our financial markets and promote a deeper understanding," he told reporters at a preview.

Increased security after 9/11 has meant the Big Board is off limits to the public, but at the museum a short distance away visitors will be able to see the action from the world's largest stock exchange on large video screens, he said.

As for the lessons from busts, Richard Sylla, a New York University professor and museum curator, said the exhibits cover the major crashes and turmoil in U.S. economic history.

He said a typical investment banker will experience at least two or three financial upheavals in his or her career, such as the current subprime mortgage and credit crisis that have roiled world markets and led to the ousters of CEOs at Merrill and Citigroup.

"Goldman Sachs made a lot of money because they used their brains to anticipate a crisis. Citibank, Merrill Lynch and some others weren't so fortunate," Sylla said.

But the museum isn't all numbers-crunching or the "dismal science." Displays include coins salvaged from Spanish treasure ships to the New World, a gold ingot weighing 60 pounds, ticker tape from the Great Crash of 1929 and a Treasury bond bearing the first use of a dollar sign.

Ever wonder who is pictured on the $10,000 bill? Lincoln's Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase. But eventually the museum hopes to display a $100,000 bill. That features President Woodrow Wilson.

The museum will open to the public on Friday, with admission charges of $8 for adults and $5 for children and seniors.

Source: Reuters Canada (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on January 13, 2008, 02:57:27 PM
Museums expose treasures of the past
Ani Suswantoro, Contributor, Jakarta

Museums, perhaps spots that are not very popular to hang out these days, are actually important places to observe the journey of a nation. By visiting our museums, we will recognize and appreciate our nation's history, and hopefully continue the spirit of our forefathers.

Jakarta has more than 50 museums, from the National Museum to thematic museums for traditional puppetry, stamps, textiles, transportation, energy and science, and even to a museum dedicated entirely to insects.

Museum Nasional, or the National Museum, is the most complete site to look back on Indonesia's history. Located at Jl. Merdeka Barat No. 12, Central Jakarta, its birth dates back to 1778, when Dutch scientists and collectors established an organization to promote art and science.

To accommodate this purpose, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles erected in the early 19the century a building at Jl. Majapahit No. 3. In 1862, the Dutch government decided to build a permanent facility, later known as Gedung Gadjah, or the Elephant Building, due to the bronze statue of an elephant at its front. The statue was a gift from Thailand's King Chulalongkorn.

In 1979, the building was dedicated as the National Museum by the Indonesian government.

"The collection is really extensive. You need a whole day to observe it thoroughly," commented Rita, a visitor on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007.

The museum houses more than 109,000 pieces consisting of prehistoric relics such as the Yupa Inscription, a sample of the first recorded writing in the 5th century from Kutai, East Kalimantan.

The collection also holds archaeological, ethnographic, numismatic/heraldic and historical items. Many archaeological artefacts, such as statues of Hindu deities and temple reliefs, were influenced by Indian culture and found in East and Central Java. The 8th-century Durga Mahesasuramardhini and the 9th-century Shiva Mahadewa -- the supreme god of Shivaite-Hinduism -- and the famous 9th-century Ganesha, god of science, are a few examples.

The numismatic and heraldic collections feature coins and currencies from old Indonesian kingdoms to the colonial era and up to the independence era. Ceramics that date as far back as 206 BCE from China, as well as terracotta pieces, household utensils, ethnic houses, accessories, old weapons and textiles, complete the museum collection.

Source: Jakarta Post (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on August 31, 2008, 09:11:50 PM
Coin museum in Heritage District
XPRESS Published: August 31, 2008, 16:16

A new museum dedicated to ancient coins will open soon in Dubai’s Al Bastakiya Heritage District.

Dubai Municipality will open the Coins House, featuring nearly 500 ancient coins dating back to the time of the Islamic caliphates, in a building dating back to 1918.

It has been restored to its former glory by the Architectural Heritage Department (AHD) of Dubai Municipality in as part of a renovation plan for the heritage districts of Al Shindagha, Al Ras and Al Bastakiya.

Rashad Bukhash, Director, AHD, said the Coins House comprises several sections. One provides information on the history of the coins, while another room displays 16 ancient coins from the Sassanid Empire belonging to era of the four prominent caliphs (Al Khulafaau Ar-Rashidin) and the Amawi Caliphate.

A third room consists of 64 dinars and dirhams from Amawi Caliphate, while a fourth has 115 dinars and dirhams from the Abbasid Caliphate.

Yet another room holds 45 coins fragments from ancient Egypt, the region previously known as Belad Al Sham, and Turkey during the rein of the Tulunids - the first independent dynasty in Islamic Egypt (868–905 AD), the Fatimid Caliphate, the Mamluks, and Othamia Caliphate.

A sixth room consists of 91 coins from Iraq, the Mashreq, the Bahai, Saljouk and various other dynasties. Two other rooms consist of a total of 124 coins from North Africa, Spain, the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE and other countries.

Source: Gulf News (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on October 14, 2008, 01:48:52 PM
BOV buys rare coins of the Knights
Monday, 13th October 2008 - 15:57CET

Bank of Valletta has bought rare coins of the Knights of Malta which were on sale at an auction in London.
The coins are an outstanding example of fine 16th, 17th and 18th century coinage that will enhance the local numismatic collection, the bank said.

They will initially be on display at Bank of Valletta’s head office in Sta Venera and will later be displayed at the BOV Museum at St. John’s Square, where they can be admired by the public.

“Bank of Valletta believes that through the acquisition of these coins it is giving back to society something that is truly significant to the people of these islands. These coins have more than just historical importance for us, they also have significant value as they form part of our common heritage,” Tonio Depasquale, CEO of Bank of Valletta said.

Source: Times of Malta (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on October 21, 2008, 09:14:17 PM
In the Netherlands, there are a large number of museums with a small numismatic collection. The national numismatic collection (the Money Museum ( is in the same complex as the Utrecht mint. It is now a vast, world class collection encompassing the collection of the royal house, the coin collection of the Utrecht mint and the banknote collection of the Dutch Central Bank. Unfortunately, this is the end of the good news.

The bad news is that even now that the collection is better housed than ever, it remains not on display for 99.9%. The previous management of the museum turned it into a playground for schoolchildren on the theme of money. While the idea in itself probably has merit, the exaggerated push of the collection into a scientific oubliette estranged the museum from the numismatic community.

The museum also lost quite a bit of money on cost overruns during the construction and restauration phase and agreed to a high rent for the building. Before the financial situation could be rebalanced, the government announced deep cuts in its subsidies. As a result, staff is now scarce and possibilities narrow. The library is closed. The only remaining member of the scientific staff cannot help. There is currently no point for coin collectors to visit this museum.


Updated for recent developments

Update: The Geldmuseum in Utrecht will close its doors on 31 Oct 2013, see here (,13590.msg159008.html#msg159008). - C.
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on October 21, 2008, 09:37:32 PM
Undoubtedly, Italy has many eye-popping coin collections, but the one I value is in the cellar of the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme (, near Rome's Termini station. The exhibition covers Italian coinage of all ages, coin production techniques and items having to do with coins. The early coins are in huge display cases with moveable magnifying glasses that don't work. The last 200 years or so are covered by the collection of the last Italian king. It contains coin designs that were rejected or changed, pre-production con models and interesting documents. The collection is very accessible, both for casual and advanced collectors.

I find the rest of this museum stiflingly boring, but the restaurant has great coffee. :)

(Overviews and details of two cases with designs and dies of modern Italian coins. This is so beautiful...)

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: chrisild on October 22, 2008, 12:28:40 AM
As for the Money Museum in Utrecht (Geldmuseum), yes, I found that a bit disappointing too. I mean, the museum is right in the mint building, but where are the coins? I like that money floor where you have lots of coins underneath your feet, and it sure makes sense to teach young people about how money works. But there could be more pieces on display. (Then again, the museum's website has a great database and provides lots of interesting information.) From the central station you can walk along Leidsweweg - caution, huge coins on the sidewalk. :) - Update: The museum is closed. (,13590.msg151465.html#msg151465)

Another money museum with almost the same web "address" is in Frankfurt: That is the museum of the Deutsche Bundesbank. They have quite a few interesting exhibits, coins and notes, but also a section where visitors learn about money, what a central bank does, etc.  Admission is free; the museum also has a store. Free parking in front of the museum; the metro stop "Dornbusch" is the closest one (walk or take a bus from there). - Update: The museum is currently being renovated and plans to re-open in late 2016.

If you are interested in German coins, the Historisches Museum in Frankfurt's Old Town may be worth a visit. The museum has a coin collection ( that includes almost every coin minted in Frankfurt, and the Jaeger-Degussa Collection of nearly every German coin minted since the Deutsches Reich was founded in 1871. Nearest subway station is "Dom/Römer".

In Madrid the mint (pardon me, the Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre - Real Casa de la Moneda) has a big Money Museum ( Admission is free, but bring lots of time even if you skip the non-numismatic sections (stamps and security printing). Nice service: Every visitor can strike a medal on an old coin press. Nearest metro station is "O'Donnell".

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on October 23, 2008, 12:13:27 AM
Museum closed until spring 2019

Sweden's national collection is in the Myntkabinettet ( in Stockholm, right across the royal palace. The collection is nicely presented. On the ground floor are exhibits on how coins developed through the ages, with a smashing collection of Swedish coins in the centre. The middle floor, on economics and trade, is a bit of a yawner. The top floor has an exquisite collection of medals of all ages, a superb collection of medals for Nobel prize winners and the largest Swedish coin: a copper 10 daler of almost 20 kilos (44 US pounds), about 60 by 45 cm (24 by 18 inch).

Although many texts are Swedish only, this is one fascinating exhibition.

0173: Sweden's first gold coin
0189: 1 daler plate coin plus others to get an idea of size
0198: detail of 1 daler plate coin
0199: 2 öre plate coin
0201: 10 daler plate coin
0205: 4 daler plate coin.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Austrokiwi on October 23, 2008, 07:43:56 AM
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Vienna).   This Museum houses an interesting collection that was started by the Hapsburgs.............The current display is interesting one room of medals and then one of Austrian Currency.  However clearly not all the collection is on display, I know of at least two major rarieties that are held by this Museum but they are not on display!     What is on Display is not overly inspiring:  and the descriptions of coins are a bit dry.  You really need to know what you are looking at to appreciate what is there ( eg:1938 BUNC 100 Schilling)
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on December 17, 2008, 11:37:29 AM
Bank Negara Malaysia, Malaysia’s Central Bank, is preparing to relaunch its numismatic museum and art gallery. The museum was set up in 1989 inside the Central Bank Building in Kuala Lumpur and was recently moved to a new location.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: chrisild on December 17, 2008, 12:41:03 PM
Münzkabinett Berlin - The Staatliche Museen in Berlin (SMB) have a large collection of coins, the Münzkabinett. Some exhibits can be visited and viewed in SMB museums (primarily the Pergamon Museum and the Bode Museum), others are "hidden" in the Münzkabinett vaults. However, many coins and medals - currently 8000, with more to come - can be viewed online here:

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: izotz on January 15, 2009, 06:47:40 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention it!!!! As Chrisild ever said in other post, do not miss the mint museum!!!! Please believe me, it is a must for any coin lover.

This is the Spanish Mint (FNMT) website (English version) :

This is the specific page for the museum (Casa de la Moneda):
You may find a guided tour through the many rooms from the ancient Greece to the euro nowadays.

There is also a coin shop. Do not expect much more that the ones announced on the website : BU sets and conmemorative medals. And some numismatic books, in Spanish I'm afraid.

You can get there by public transport as there is a Metro station near the building. And the entrance is always free.
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: thelawnet on January 22, 2009, 11:48:33 PM
Has anybody been to the Joh. Enschedé museum?

Confusingly the English and Dutch sites have different addresses:

Regarding the Utrecht money museum, what exactly is on display?

I like 17th and 18th Century silver (and gold) coins the best. Do they have many truly historic coins on display? Coins of which only one or a few specimens survive? Do they have paper money, or only coins?

A sociological museum on money and its use is not really of interest to me.

We are flying to Amsterdam in order to get to Groningen in a few months, but might make a detoru to visit one of these places if it is worthwhile to do so.
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on January 23, 2009, 12:07:47 AM
I live not too far from the Joh. Enschedé museum, but haven't been in there. The big problem in Haarlem is parking, but you can easily go there by train from the airport. It is very close to Haarlem Central station.

Don't waste your time on the Money Museum. It's useless for collectors. Depending on when you go, they may have an interesting special exhibit, in which case the coins you will see will be unforgettable, but there will be 8 cases max. You can make an appointment with the scientific staff, though and they are super. You can bring along your own pieces that you have questions on and/or ask to see pieces from the national collection (including the banknote collection that used to be that of the Dutch Central Bank. Very impressive!) and you can check out the library, which is really first class. The museum is easy to reach from Utrecht Central Station (about 15 minutes on foot). Parking is not too difficult if you know the area.

Beware of morning and evening traffic jams. I have seen worse, but not in Europe. :(


Edit: The Money Museum is now closed.
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Jislizard on March 28, 2009, 06:44:32 AM
Funnily enough the Greeks have a museum devoted to coins, most of them are old though.

The Hellenic Ministry of Culture Numismatic Museum is housed in the former house of the German Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann and can be found in the middle of Athens, after a lot of searching.  It is at 12 El. Venizelou Ave, 106 71, Athens and is well worth a visit as it houses some fantastic personal collections of early coins.  It only costs 3 euros to get in and is on 2 levels that only takes about an hour or 2 to go around if you are with family or all day if you are by yourself. 

Whatever you do don't touch the glass!  there are attendants at each doorway whose sole purpose is to hover and tell you not to touch the glass in a staggering number of languages if you lean over the display cases, they are happy for you to take flash photography, just don't touch the glass.

The souvenir shop is disappointing but then you are in the middle of Athens so there is plenty of other junk to take home.

Well worth a visit, there are other museums in Athens that also have coins in them but this is the best we found.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: bart on April 17, 2009, 05:59:55 PM
Being on a city trip in Tallinn, I visited the museum of the Eesti Pank (, the National Bank of Estonia.

They display an almost complete collection of Estonian coins and banknotes, together with an explanation about the history of the Bank. Entrance is free.
The Bank's coin shop serves as the official sales point of Estonian commemorative coins. Many commemorative coins (silver and gold) dating back as far as 1992 are available. Also the Mint sets are for sale here.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on April 28, 2009, 04:50:47 PM
Riyadh library acquires rare Islamic coins
Monday 27 April 2009 (02 Jumada al-Ula 1430)   

Riyadh: The King Abdul Aziz General Library in Riyadh acquired recently a distinct collection of rare Islamic coins from different places in the Muslim world. The pieces are considered unique or extremely rare. Among the rare coins is the Abbasid dirham, which was issued in the year 140H (757/758AD) in Basra during the period of the Caliph Abu Jaafar Al-Mansour. There is also a gold dinar from the Omayyad period minted in 73H (692/693AD) and a rare Arabic/Sassanid coin minted in Damascus two years later. The library also acquired rarities issued in Makkah, Madinah, Bisha, Sanaa, Amman and other cities. These coins are now part of the collection of about 7,000 at the library and are available to researchers and scholars.

Source: Arab News (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on May 17, 2009, 11:44:23 AM
Money Talks at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
New Display of Numismatic Rarities

Washington A new exhibition at the National Museum of American History invites visitors to explore the development and meaning behind American coinage and currency. “Stories on Money” demonstrates the interplay among people, money and history, from the earliest times to the present day. The display of coins and other related objects will open June 12 in a new first-floor gallery.

“Stories on Money” explores the museum’s vast numismatic collections from seven vantage points. The main section shows what money looked like in Colonial America and at pivotal times, including the Gold Rush, Great Depression and in the current era. Visitors will compare the coin designs of the 19th century with those produced during the renaissance of American coinage in the early 20th century. The section called “The Power of Liberty,” presents an array of coins from the United States and the world depicting Liberty, the feminine personification of freedom; coins with real and mythological women are also featured.

“American currency is a reflection and a record of our history,” said Brent D. Glass, director of the museum. “This display illuminates history in fresh and unexpected ways and will allow visitors to think of how money tells stories about different historical periods.”

“Stories on Money” was made possible through the generosity of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation of America, Numismatic Conservation Services and Monaco Rare Coins.

“Having this wonderful space at the museum is very meaningful to the entire community of numismatists, and we are very proud to be a part of it. ‘Stories on Money’ is an especially fitting exhibition since it illustrates the close interplay between coins as objects and the personal history of their use,” said Mark Salzberg, chairman of sponsoring organizations Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and Numismatic Conservation Services.

“The ‘Stories on Money’ exhibition explores the importance of our country’s sovereignty, heritage and financial independence,” said Adam Crum, president of Monaco Rare Coins. “The beauty of the coins speaks for itself, but the history witnessed by these miniature objects is often epic.”

The exhibition draws from the museum’s National Numismatic Collection, which consists of more than 1.5 million objects, including coins, medals and paper currency and preserves the role of money in economic history. Featured objects include a colonial Massachusetts shilling from 1690—the first paper money in the Western hemisphere, the unique 1849 $20 gold coin and a clam shell used as currency during the Great Depression.

The exhibition uses objects and interactive media to immerse visitors in these stories on money, including an opportunity to view enlarged images and delve further into numismatic history. In “A penny for your thoughts?” visitors can cast their opinion about the future of the most-produced coin in the world.

Two books based on the National Numismatic Collection have been published in conjunction with the exhibition. Exhibition curator Richard Doty’s “America’s Money, America’s Story” and “The Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins” by visiting researcher Jeff Garrett substantiate the scholastic value of the National Numismatic Collection. Doty and Garrett, a lifelong coin collector, have spent their careers working in numismatics and have written several books on the subject.

Source: 7th Space Interactive (
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Post by: chrisild on June 10, 2009, 10:55:05 PM
Just had a look at the Myntkabinettet web site ... seems they have quite a lot of coins on display.


Can these be viewed by an ordinary visitor, ie. without any special appointment? If yes, that would be interesting ...

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Post by: Figleaf on June 11, 2009, 12:21:50 AM
Yes, what you see (in the picture) is a very small foretaste of what you get (in the museum). No appointment necessary. This is a coin cabinet as I like it. Educational for kids, beautiful stuff for parents, dream coins for collectors. I spent five hours taking everything in.

When I visited, there was a special exhibition of Ashanti gold on the occasion of Ghana's 50th independence anniversary. Here's an view from two angles of a case of sculpted gold weights. There's a king on a throne, a crocodile, a woman preparing food and a steamy sex scene, among the exhibits. Dazzling.

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Post by: RVCOINS on June 16, 2009, 12:41:20 PM
You have a nice collection of coins, jetons (Dutch revolt) in the oldest museum of The Netherlands called Teylers museum.

You have also a very beautiful collection of Danish coins and medals in Copenhagen.

and i can recommend you if you able to visit reykjavik, go to the numismatic collection of the Islandic Bank.

You will see a very beautiful Piastre of Danish East Asia company.


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Post by: chrisild on June 18, 2009, 12:08:04 PM
You have also a very beautiful collection of Danish coins and medals in Copenhagen.

Duly noted. :) Will be there later this year, probably in November. Is that collection in the National Museum?

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Post by: RVCOINS on June 18, 2009, 07:11:41 PM
Hi Christian,

I believe it was the national museum, but I am not sure, It was in the centre against Tivoli park and behind the mainstreet. If you want to see them all it wil costs you at least a half day.


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Post by: Figleaf on July 22, 2009, 12:12:56 PM
Yudhoyono inaugurates central bank museum
Erwida Maulia, Tue, 07/21/2009 8:31 PM

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inagurated Tuesday the Bank Indonesia Museum at Jl. Pintu Besar Utara, West Jakarta, which documents the history of the central bank since its establishment in 1953.

Located next to the Bank Mandiri Museum, and across from the busy Kota Station, the BI Museum occupies a 100-year-old culturally preserved building that once belonged to the Dutch administration’s Javasche Bank.

The government decided to name the building a historical heritage site to prevent it falling into disrepair.

During the inauguration ceremony, Yudhoyono urged the Jakarta administration to keep supporting and facilitating efforts to preserve cultural heritage sites in the capital, which he said would help develop the country’s culture-based creative industry.

The BI Museum boasts modern technology in its displays. It features, among others, a Transition Room, a theater and a History Room, where visitors can learn the entire history of the bank; as well as a Gold Monetary Room and Numismatic Room in which its collections of gold and money are kept.

Boediono, Yudhoyono’s running mate in the July 8 presidential election, was the central bank’s last governor.

Source: The Jakarta Post (
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Post by: Figleaf on August 14, 2009, 12:52:03 PM
Palace of the National Bank of Romania

The historical monument Palace of the National Bank of Romania was built between July 1884 and June 1890. The project was elaborated by the architects Cassien Bernard and Albert Galeron. By a decision of the General Council of the National Bank in 1914 has been constituted the museum. It was organised since 1933 and the first exhibition of the museum was opened in July 1943.
Inside the building the viewers can see numismatic series issued by the National Bank of Romania, parts of major importance, bank means and a galery of the bank governors.
The side ships host ten large showcases with numismatic exhibits (banknotes and coins for the most part), in a chronological presentation, eight panels that support the messages the speech developed by the large windows (maps, drawings, texts, etc.) and eight piramidal prismatic cases with parts of a great numismatic value.
The alveolar halls are proud to host the governors galery, replicas of gold and silver bars and five showcases that present to public view the interwar publications of the National Bank of Romania.
The thesaurus room presents in perimetral showcases coated with marble parts of great artistic value like rare gold coins, molds and gold bullions.
The desire and duty of the National Bank to maintain the quality of the first monetary and financial institution of Romania, the return to positions held prior to the year 1946, written from the begining in statute, reinstate in discution the rights of it's values, wasted in the last half century.

Source: Artline (
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Post by: chrisild on August 18, 2009, 12:24:55 AM
Belgium: Museum of the National Bank, Brussels

The Belgian central bank (BNB) has a money museum in downtown Brussels, close to the cathedral. Have not been there yet; ah well, maybe later this year. But its website provides a lot of info in four languages (nl, fr, en, de). Also try the Virtual Tour ...

Museum of the National Bank
Wildewoudstraat 10 rue du Bois Sauvage

Tue-Fri: 10-18 h, admission fee €5
Sat-Sun: 10-18 h, free
(Seems that in July and August admission is free even on weekdays.)

Don't think they have a lot of coins on display there; my impression (from browsing the website) is that the museum focuses on how money works. May well be interesting though ...

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Post by: Kid Romeo on September 07, 2009, 07:59:42 PM
Inside Assam State Museum, Guwahati
(Numismatics Gallery)

The museum was instituted in 1940 and has since made every effort to incorporate every aspect of the lifestyles of Assamese community. The reconstructed tribal huts where one can walk right through them and examine them are result of such efforts.

It is one of the biggest multipurpose museums in the country. The museum has separate sections for archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics and iconography.

Open from 10 am to 5 pm (summer) upto to 4.30 pm (winters) and closed on Mondays, IInd & IVth Saturdays. The museum permits photography only after obtaining permissions.

A Pictorial Walk Through

Assam State Museum (Main Entrance)

Adjacent Director's Office

Two Different Entrance To The Numismatics Gallery
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Inside The Gallery



Early Minting Process

Coin Photographs


Coins of Lakshmi Simha

Coins of Gaurinath Simha

Some Non Assamese Coins
Elongated Naga Coins

Coins of Jayantia Tribes and Tripura
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Post by: Kid Romeo on September 07, 2009, 08:31:52 PM
The lighting, both inside and outside the display cases along with the glass and mirrors (to see reverse of the coins inside the cases) were not conducive for photography.

If anybody cares, high resolution version of the above photographs will be available in my website's photo gallery from tomorrow onwards.
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Post by: Figleaf on September 07, 2009, 08:53:13 PM
Great stuff, KR. The building looks pretty modern for 1940. Have you checked if the museum has a library?

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Post by: Kid Romeo on September 07, 2009, 10:43:48 PM
Thanks Pete :)

You are right, from what I know, the modern looking main building is newly built and the Director's office (administrative building now) used to be the old museum building, although both are now interlinked now via another recently built building which actually houses the Numismatics gallery, regional costumes and Indian National Army's Japanese arms and ammunition from WWII.

The museum do have a library and although this is my third visit, I was not able to check it out.
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Post by: MS on September 08, 2009, 05:27:36 AM
Nice to see a well maintained museum in India with a numismatic section to boot.  8)
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Post by: Kid Romeo on September 08, 2009, 07:27:51 AM
Website is updated now.
The album link is (
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Post by: Figleaf on October 08, 2009, 10:11:10 AM
Iranian collector donates rare collection of ancient coins to Mashhad museum
Thursday, October 8, 2009

TEHRAN -- Following a remarkable decision, an Iranian private collector recently donated a rare collection of ancient coins to the Astan-e Qods Razavi Museum’s Stamp and Banknote Section in the holy city of Mashhad.

Mohammad-Saeid Sadat-Akhavi donated a collection of 400 coins dating back almost 2000 years, said director of the Stamps and Banknotes Section of the museum Mohammad-Hossein Yazdinejad.

“The one-of-a-kind collection consists of coins belonging to kings and sultans before and after Islam including items from the Sassanid, Samanid, Ghaznavid, and the Seljuk dynasties.

“The coins were minted in large cities like Merv, Dinavar, Tbilisi, Heart, Astarabad, Isfahan and Mashhad. The monetary units represented are drachma, dinar and dirham and several others,” he added.

He continued, “They belonged to kings like the Parthian King Orodes II, Khosrow II, Mahmud Ghaznavi, Hulegu, Arghun Khan, Mahmud Ghazan and Mohammad Khodabandeh Oljeitu.

“The oldest coin belonged to King Orodes II and was minted 1950 years ago. Most of the coins are made of silver, copper, bronze, lead, nickel, and zinc.”

Yazdinejad went on to say that the coins, which are a great source for historians, researchers and students, are stamped with various patterns, designs, symbols, and images of kings.

Astan-e Qods museum has received a good deal of attention from collectors because of its credentials, the careful preservation of its rare artifact collections and since it is adjacent to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), he concluded.

The Stamp and Banknote Section of the Astan-e Qods Razavi Museum houses a rich collection of rare stamps and coins and is visited by many Iranian and foreign pilgrims, tourists and philatelists..

Source: Tehran Times (
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Post by: MS on November 03, 2009, 02:33:32 PM
Pictures taken from my recent visit to the British Museum. There are 18 pictures in total. I have uploaded them on Photobucket and will embed the pictures here. Picture size is scaled down a bit. If the page takes time to load (depending on your bandwidth) then please bear with me.



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Post by: UK Decimal + on November 03, 2009, 03:41:52 PM
Now I know that you enjoyed your visit!

It's strange, but when you live in a town you very rarely visit the museum there.   I think a few trips into London are called for.

Thank you for the wonderful pictures MS.

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Post by: MS on November 03, 2009, 07:04:39 PM
Oddly I have been to the British Museum quite a few times without paying too much attention to the Coin Room. I used to enjoy spending time looking at Egyptian, Indian, Islamic and Chinese artifacts. I wasn't interested in numismatics until recently.

I did enjoy my trip though, it was fun catching up with old friends, touring the coin shops and visiting the old neighbourhood :) Not to mention a chance to see your crown collection first hand.

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Post by: chrisild on November 04, 2009, 12:58:40 PM
Thanks for the great photos! And I think the museum did a pretty good job. They don't simply exhibits a row of coins but also show related objects - presses, dies, plaster models ... and quite a few "primitive" means of payment which nevertheless are very interesting.

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Post by: mumbapuri on November 26, 2009, 05:31:16 AM
Had the opportunity to visit the Athens Numismatic Museum on route to the Acropolis
The entry was free and had just about 30 mins to look around and take some hurried pics..

Bunch of Alexander coins
Thaler coin

List of display of coins

Ancient coins

Though ancient coins is not something i understand much of, the place is a must visit in Athens, has been kept wonderfully, not crowded on weekdays and is 20 mins from acropolis/temple of Zeus. Besides that a visit to the Monastiraki square is also recommended :D. There is a coin shop there owned by 2 brothers (Dimitri is one of them) who have nice displays.

Silver coins on display at the coin shop at Monastiraki
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Post by: chrisild on December 15, 2009, 04:09:19 PM
The Money Museum in Utrecht has a new exhibition: EyeCatchers.

According to the info (in Dutch) you can now, for the first time in history, see the 100 most interesting, most curious, most beautiful pieces from the collection of the Geldmuseum. Guess this will partly or mostly be a multimedia presentation; they mention a touchscreen cabinet for example, and special showcases for kids. Have not seen the exhibition yet, but it sure sounds interesting ...

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Post by: Figleaf on December 15, 2009, 05:33:27 PM
I saw the exhibition and was VERY impressed. The collection of the Geldmuseum is finger-lickin'. If they come out with what they consider their 100 best pieces, it's a spectacle. I showed you two pieces from the exhibition already here (,5154.msg31829.html#msg31829) and
here (,5157.msg31834.html#msg31834). That may give you the impression that the exhibits are mostly coins. Not so. The prize piece of the exhibition is "the grand cameo", a huge carved stone.

One of my favourites was an old, somewhat rusty saving box. It is interesting because of the story. The money box dates from 1907. While liberals and conservatives had predicted that workers woud never start saving (this was also their argument for not giving them the right to vote; "they would only plunder the treasury."), socialists proved otherwise, by starting a savings bank, specially for the lower social classes in 1818, Nutsspaarbank. The bank was a large success. They copied a US invention, a saving box for at home. The bank instantly become the best customer of lock and key maker Lips. The trick of the saving box was that the key was kept at the bank. When the box was brought in, bank staff would open it and deposit the money. This is of course a highly paternalistic approach, but in many countries it is still used (in electronic form) for pension contributions. The point is that scientific research has shown that, if left to their own devices, people do not save enough to achieve their own goals.

The exhibition is housed in a darkened room. All the items are physically there, but there are a few electronic displays. On one, the curators explain their choices, another explains the year of the four emperors with coins, yet another allows you to browse through an old book by turning the pages of an electronic copy. An overhead projector does a slide show. Most texts were presented in such a way that they were visible only while you are looking at the item and close to the item, which I found very helpful, as you can take in item and picture at the same time, yet you are not distracted by texts when looking at a whole case.

Speaking to the museum curators, it became clear to me what a major problem selection of the items had been. Each have their own specialty and taste and all had too many favourites. Interest was defined by "having a good story", but what is a good story? There were obvious choices, like the grand cameo, but also stories that had to be "sold" to a sceptical audience. The end result is an exceptionally beautiful, sparkling show with great width, catering to many tastes, but sometimes somewhat lacking in depth. That is of course the eternal trade-off in exhibitions.

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Post by: chrisild on December 17, 2009, 11:36:25 PM
All the items are physically there, but there are a few electronic displays.

Ah, I had been wondering about that. Thanks for the insight, Peter - and also for showing and explaining that savings box. Seems another trip to Utrecht will be on my schedule early next year ...

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Post by: Figleaf on December 27, 2009, 12:49:13 AM
Not your average museum
By CARL HOFFMAN, Dec 25, 2009


The Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv is the eccentric maiden aunt of Israeli museums. Spread across a sprawling expanse of hills and gardens at the edge of the Tel Aviv University campus in Ramat Aviv, the museum is actually a complex of several large theme pavilions, offering an impressive assortment of indoor exhibits that include ancient ceramics, glass, coins and metallurgy, as well as a network of paths that wind their way past several much smaller pavilions and outdoor exhibits. The small pavilions display reconstructions of ancient olive presses and flour mills; the outdoor exhibitions feature everything from Mameluke and Ottoman-period drinking fountains to 20th-century railroad cars.


The Kadman Numismatic Pavilion features an extensive collection of coins from all of the country's historical periods, right up until today, as well as bank notes, certificates and other marginalia, like weights.


Source: Jeruzalem Post ( (numismatic paragraphs shown only)
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Post by: UK Decimal + on December 27, 2009, 12:58:02 AM

... marginalia ...

Wonderful wording!   Far better than the unmentionable me*%#-co~^$!

I think this should become a regular WoC expression.

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Post by: Figleaf on January 03, 2010, 01:14:17 AM
Last July, the Singapore Coins and Notes museum opened. Its address is 2 Trengganu Street, Level 3 ( Entrance at Pagoda Street). Its web page is here ( To get an idea of what's inside, click here (

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Post by: chrisild on January 05, 2010, 10:02:47 PM
Kremnica: Museum of Coins and Medals

Kremnica is not only the location of one of the oldest mints in the world (see here) (,2534.0.html#msg33489) but also home of a numismatic museum: The central bank of the Slovak Republic (Národná banka Slovenska) has a "Museum of Coins and Medals" in the city. The museum's start page is here:

For further information, use the menu on the left. The most interesting part from "our" point of view :) is the info about Two Faces of Money. Some exhibits can be viewed online too:

Unfortunately the images cannot be enlarged. Still some great info there. Do not have any first hand experience though, as I have not been to Kremnica so far. So if anybody has already visited the mint and/or the museum, please let us know!

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Post by: Figleaf on January 05, 2010, 10:25:29 PM
I can't resist presenting what is by far my largest medal. It contains about 200 grams of copper, has a diameter of 8 cm and a thickness of about 0.5 cm, nothing my electronic scales and electronic calliper can deal with

On the obverse a fortified city and a long-haired coiner below the date 1328 and 1988. The text below means 660 years Kremnitz mint. A stolid, but professional design, until you come to the historic coin collection below.

The upper half of the reverse is communist propaganda. The screw press is irrelevant. It wasn't used either in 1328 or in 1988. The text means "State mint / bearer of the medal of labour and the medal of the victorious February" (thanks, translateltd). The round symbol is the mint's logo, MK monogram between two dies in a circle. The star stands for the two decorations. Both are star-shaped. I am showing the February decoration. This side is saved by a fun cascade of Czech coins current in 1988.

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Post by: chrisild on January 06, 2010, 08:27:52 AM
The screw press is irrelevant. It wasn't used either in 1328 or in 1988.

Wow, a great (and BIG) medal, Peter. The design sure is an interesting mix of propaganda and mint(ing)-related elements. As for the screw press, well, for Kremnica it does make a lot of sense to show it that way, even though it is not related to any of the two years above. In my post about the mint (,2534.0.html#msg33489), one of the links points at a "History" article which says:

"The era of the greatest fame of Kremnica Mint was associated with the use of a screw press, referred to as 'Balancier'. This machine was introduced at Kremnica Mint by the well-known Swedish engineer, engraver and medal-maker Daniel Warou in 1710."

1710? Hmm, I smell a jubilee year coming up ... ;)

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Post by: Austrokiwi on January 12, 2010, 11:07:02 AM
I am trying to find out a contact email or snail mail adress for either the Mumbai mint, or an associated museum. Is there a museum?  I conducted a goggle search and had very little success.  Any contact info would be greatly appreciated.
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Post by: chrisild on January 12, 2010, 11:21:14 AM
Odd. I was about to "recommend" this website which was also mentioned in the "mints" topic here,2534.0.html#msg22358 ... but apparently that domain name is no longer in use.

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Post by: asm on January 12, 2010, 12:47:41 PM
It appears that the mumbai mints' website has been squatted upon by some one. May be some government bureaucrat forgot to make the payment in time. The RBI also has a currency museum and you will find it at . However there is not much information out there
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Post by: Austrokiwi on January 12, 2010, 03:07:17 PM
Thanks all:  thats a good help......
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Post by: Figleaf on January 12, 2010, 07:53:32 PM
Maybe it helps also i you'd tell us exactly what information you need from the museum, since some of our members live in Mumbai. Some may visit the museum for their own purposes or already have the information you are looking for.

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Post by: Austrokiwi on January 12, 2010, 08:09:59 PM
Maybe it helps also i you'd tell us exactly what information you need from the museum, since some of our members live in Mumbai. Some may visit the museum for their own purposes or already have the information you are looking for.


I hope I don't come across as a bit of a bore..... I am trying to track down whether Bombay still has dies for Maria Theresa Talers.  When one reads Hafner's lexicon, it appears the only visible identification features ( that separate them out from London struck MTT) for Bombay MTTs are oval pearls in the busts diadem. However the main reference on Bombay MTT, Stokes 1980 ( whom Hafner refers to), indicates there are extra lines in the veil of MTT. I have not found a single MTT the matchs Stokes description, so the only possible way to clearly find out is to see if the dies exist.  That may seem a long shot However if I don't ask I will never be told "no"

The importance of trying this research out was emphasised with the arrival of a book that Dale Hall helped me obtain.   In it was pictures of some 1942 Maria Theresa Taler Dies from Paris.  Those dies showed wear on the reverse which two of the Paris mint coins in my collection mirrored; with out the photo of the dies I would never have realised the wear was due to the die rather than circulation.
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Post by: Bimat on January 13, 2010, 05:57:29 AM
I can surely help :)

The address of the museum is:

Reserve Bank of India Monetary Museum
Amar Building,Sir Pherozesha Mehta Marg,Mumbai,400 001

Tel. : +91-22-2261 4043
Fax : +91-22-2270 2820

Website :
E-Mail :

I was supposed to visit the museum in last week,but I couldn't go.I was there yesterday but didn't have enough time to spend there.Well,I might go there on 21 Jan,so if you need any help from me,just drop a PM :)

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Post by: Bimat on January 13, 2010, 06:05:28 AM
I have the information brochure of the museum which says that:

Today the museum has a representative collection of over 10,000 exhibits of Indian coinage,paper currency,financial instruments and monetary curiosities.Over 1,500 exhibits on display provide a ringside view of the birth of currencies,their growth and the emergence of modern day money.

So,it's possible that they have the dies of coin you are looking for...

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Post by: Figleaf on January 13, 2010, 08:16:09 PM
Whatever you do don't touch the glass!  there are attendants at each doorway whose sole purpose is to hover and tell you not to touch the glass in a staggering number of languages if you lean over the display cases, they are happy for you to take flash photography, just don't touch the glass.

Ministry cites personnel shortage for closed museums, sites

    More than 40 museums and archaeological sites around the country will remain closed in the coming period due to a personnel shortage and following the cancellation of a tender for nearly 2,600 contract employees, the culture ministry announced on Tuesday.

    Most of the museums and sites are located in the provinces, although major attractions that will be affected include Athens' Byzantine and Christian Museum -- which will nevertheless re-open next week -- and an entire floor of central Athens' National Archaeological Museum, the country's most influential.

    The Athens Numismatic Museum's (the Schliemann Mansion) second floor will be closed and the entire facility will be closed on Sunday.

Source: ANA-MPA (

Photo added later, too good not to place. Caption: In ancient times, coins used to be worn as accessories. These Ottoman garments are on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
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Post by: Figleaf on February 20, 2010, 12:33:42 PM
Archaeology Gold Treasure Displayed in Bulgaria’s Capital   
19 February 2010

A gold treasure of huge historical and numismatic value, discovered by chance in the 1960s, is on display at the National History Museum in Sofia.

The exhibition consists of gold coins, said to have been cut during Thracian times.

The treasure was first stumbled upon by chance in the village of Rezhantsi, near the western Bulgarian town of Pernik, by a tractor that was ploughing the farm land, the news website reported recently.

At the time, it consisted of 6,000 golden coins, weighing more that 80 kilograms. A part of the coins, however, was smuggled to Western Europe and the US by treasure hunters. Another part, due to the recklessness of the museum authorities and experts at the time, was melted and used in the jewellery industry in Sofia.

When the tractor ran into the pot where the coins were placed, it broke and villagers still remember people stuffing their pockets with gold, the Museum Deputy Director said during the official opening of the exhibit.

Before it was displayed in Hall 3 of the History Museum, the artefacts were transported from Pernik in an armoured truck and with police escort, according to the media.

Source: (
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Post by: Figleaf on March 07, 2010, 11:52:54 AM
How did you enjoy seeing the expensive new galleries at the Ashmolean Museum?  I hope to get there and see it in the spring time.

To me, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford still looked like a mad scientist's attic, which is fortunate for me, because that sort of museum I like best. There is a "money" room, but coins are everywhere and it pays to look them up and take in the surrounding artifacts. The collection shown is at times fantastic, at times plebeian, never boring. There is no overarching "theme" in sight, but plenty of lateral thinking, sometimes obvious :) The fashionable "interactive" computer toys are kept to an agreeable minimum. There are still mistakes in sight (Jaffa, instead of Jafna, the myth of Frances Stewart repeated etc.), but the staff is extremely pleasant, helpful and present. Their worst problem is the fingerprints on the glass cases, which they are constantly combatting. Coffee is standard English dishwater :'(

Side note: Oxford's "park and ride" system (combined with pedestrian streets in the centre) works very well, with constant, cheap bus transportation to the centre from two parking areas. Alas, the system is a victim of its success. The parking areas fill up quickly in the morning and are full for the remainder of the day. Either arrive early or prepare to wait in your car until someone leaves. Alternatively, arrive by public transportation.

Visit highly recommended.

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Post by: Salvete on March 07, 2010, 12:10:19 PM
Hello, Figleaf,

Your comments are extremely interesting and give a good idea of what to expect.  There is, in fact, a very good collection of Indian coins there, but like everywhere else, most of it is not on show.  I try not to drink the coffe in English cafes and most restaurants, or the tea in Holland!  In that we would agree, I think.  The Park and ride systems have belatedly come to the rescue of a few English cities - Cambridge has one, too.  Without it the place would have ground to a halt long ago.  Being used to the accessibility of Dutch cities, you must despair of some of the dreadful conditions visitors to a lot of our cities have to put up with!  Many of the P&R parking spaces are used by workers and most of the rest by shoppers.  As you say, there aren't enough.  Fighting your way through the streets to the centre and not finding a parking space is much worse, of course.  Even worse if you DO find one, only to realise how much it is going to cost you.

I think the ONS meetings, previously held in the BM are due to be moved to the more spacious surroundimngs of the Ashmolean soon, and since they are held at weekends, you may get a pleasant surprise if you attend one.  I used to enjoy those at Leiden but have not been to the new venue at Utrecht (I've been to the Geldmuseum but not for a meeting).

Thanks for your time in writing a useful note for those of us planning a visit to the city of 'dreaming spires'.

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Post by: Figleaf on March 09, 2010, 07:17:25 PM
Punch coins mark an era of commonality
C Shivakumar, 09 Mar 2010

CHENNAI: The concept of common coins was very much in currency in ancient India, according to historians. Coins that belong to the fourth century BC, appear in different shapes — circular, rectangular, square, oblong or irregular.

Their contours differ in thickness as well. While some are thicker and smaller, others are thinner and larger.
While most of the coins are in gold, copper and silver, the Government Museum, Chennai is in possession of punch marked coins made of silver and copper obtained from treasure troves, Dr TS Sridhar, commissioner of museums, said.

Various literary sources speak about a number of independent janapadas of post-Mahabharata period. They acted as sovereign states till the end of sixth century BC with the rise of Magadha kingdom. This historical event was reflected in the coinage also. Punchmarked coins, initially confined to the Magadha kingdom, were found in other parts of India.

After the decline of the Mauryas, the practice of minting punch-marked coins came to an end. With that the use of common currency came to an end, in ancient India, historians said.

Except for one coin, all the 372 silver punch-marked coins from Vaigainallur village in Kulithalai taluk of Karur district village weigh more or less 3 gm (32 kundrimani). The lone coin weighs 1.29 gm. Hence all the 372 coins have been identified as karshapana and the remaining one as ½ karshapana.

The coins beside the Mauryan symbols have secondary symbols, which are divided into religious symbols and further classified into general and those related to Buddhism. The other symbols are classified into secular (general army of kings, insignia of kings), architecture, Zodiac signs, Taurine symbols and animals.

Sridhar said the museum currently has more than 50,000 coins of various eras and dynasties, including the British era and the Independence movement.

“Since 1927, we have about 16 hoards of punch-marked coins. This is the bigger one. We are also calling for a comparative study of the earlier hoard of coins,” he said.

Sixteen states existed at that time: Kashi, Kosala, Magadha, Avanti, Vatsa, Anga, Chedi, Kuru, Panchala, Matsya, Surasena, Ashmaka, Gandhara, Kamboja, Andhra and Kalinga.

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Post by: chrisild on March 22, 2010, 03:11:18 PM
I saw the exhibition and was VERY impressed. The collection of the Geldmuseum is finger-lickin'. If they come out with what they consider their 100 best pieces, it's a spectacle.

Yesterday I was in Utrecht and visited the museum. And I agree, that presentation is a great one. Very interesting coins, and a good way of showing them (and other money related objects, as you mentioned).

I am not quite sure whether "Eyecatchers" is a temporary or permanent show; probably something in between. :) There is no deadline, as in "on display until 31 March" or so, but since the museum has 400,000 objects that could be shown, it may be modified or replaced by a new exhibition at some point.

Some objects (such as bank note designs) you can view from above. Others, particularly the coins are in vitrines that allow you to see both sides. Very nice by the way: The description/info in on either side, so you can view an obverse and read the explanation, then walk around the vitrine, see the reverse and read the same text again. No reason for running back and forth ...

By the way, the objects shown there are also depicted in a nice catalog (A4 size) that you can buy at the museum store. The texts are a little shorter than the ones that accompany the exhibition, but quite a few photos are enlarged. Oh, and it has lots of women wearing nothing but makeup and coins. Nah, no full frontal nudity, but apparently the catalog makers know that coin collectors are primarily male.

Another interesting show (did not see the entire museum on that day) is "Poen, Para, Doekoe, Floes". The mint building is in a pretty multicultural quarter (Lombok), and the show has life-size photos of many of them, each one showing money from his or her native country. You will see an actual note or coin, and can read a short comment. Probably made with junior visitors in mind, but nicely done for not-so-young people too. By the way, they do a lot for and with kids; I was pleasantly surprised at how many families, ie. parents with children, were there.

The museum is usually (Tue-Fri) open from ten to five. On Sat/Sun it does not open until noon, but (for those who do not take public transport to get there) parking around the mint/museum is free, and actually available, on Sundays. ;)

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Post by: Figleaf on May 02, 2010, 09:27:35 PM
Coin reflects early currency styles
By Zhao Dan  |   2010-5-2  |      

STARTING from the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) in ancient China, coins used as currency were called "tong bao."

Different emperors issued different kinds of coins in their ruling title name.

For example, the coins issued by Emperor Yongle in the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) are called "yong le tong bao."

The Shanghai Museum displays a partly damaged yong le tong bao.

The bronze coin is called "ji zhong qian," meaning it was inscribed with the weight of the coin.

The inscription on the back of the coin, says "san qian," which means "3 qian."

Qian was a unit of weight in ancient China, and 1 qian approximately equalled 3 grams, so that the coin weighs about 9 grams.

The front of the coin is inscribed with the four characters "yong le tong bao."

These characters represent the name and type of the coin and indicate the time when it was made.

The characters on the coin bear the style of the earlier Song Dynasty (960-1279) and are clearly inscribed in an ancient and elegant writing method.

Only two "yong le tong bao" coins weighing 3 qian are known to exist.

One of them, a coin completely intact, has been lost.

This damaged one was found by coin expert Wang Yinjia, now deceased, who was a Suzhou native.

It was later added to the Shanghai Museum collection.

The coin is not recorded in history books and experts believe this is because it could be a product of a trial casting.

The discovery of the coin not only fills in the blanks of history books, but also is significant for historians wanting to know more about the currency systems of the early Ming Dynasty.

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Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Salvete on May 03, 2010, 09:53:15 AM
To me, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford still looked like a mad scientist's attic, which is fortunate for me, because that sort of museum I like best.
Side note: Oxford's "park and ride" system (combined with pedestrian streets in the centre) works very well, with constant, cheap bus transportation to the centre from two parking areas. Alas, the system is a victim of its success. The parking areas fill up quickly in the morning and are full for the remainder of the day. Either arrive early or prepare to wait in your car until someone leaves. Alternatively, arrive by public transportation.

Visit highly recommended.


Hello, Peter, I know you wrote this some time ago, and I apologise for late reply, but I only managed to get there a couple of weeks ago.  May I take issue with your description of the way the coins are laid out?  I had the advantage, before looking round, to get advice (also available in the 'bumf' available to the visiting public) about the layout and why and how the galleries were laid out in the way they were.  Taking that into account, the layout seemed natural, and made sense from both a time and place point of view.

And the Coin Room itself can be accessed by anyone, with a prior appointment, and any part of the collection can be viewed, handled, photographed, and notes taken in a very light, airy study room (which may not prove to be big enough to hold everybody who wants to use it, once word gets around).  To those interested in Indian coins, I recommend first approaching Dr Shailendra Bhandare, well-known to members of the ONS?)

And, yes, if arriving by car, please use the park 'n' ride facilities.  It is an old, crowded city, with little parking available - and yes, as Figleaf says  'Come early to avoid disappointment.'

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Post by: Figleaf on May 14, 2010, 11:25:51 PM
Ancient Coin Hoards Displayed in Greece’s Capital

12 May 2010 | An exhibition, titled “Found underneath a tree root: Ancient Greek Coin Hoards,” opened in the Athens Numismatic Museum and will be on display through December 31.

The exhibition contains 21 ancient Greek coin hoards, dating to between the fifth and first centuries BC, made up of 3,644 electrum, gold, silver, silver-plated and bronze coins. Two hoards from Epidaurus and Thebes, on loan from the IV and IX Ephorates of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities respectively, consisting of 549 coins and 498 pieces of gold jewellery, are also included in the presentation.

In archaeology, a hoard is a collection of valuable artefacts, sometimes purposely buried in the ground, usually with the intention of later recovery by the hoarder. However, since hoarders sometimes died, were displaced or forgot about their location before retrieving them, the hoards are often found much later by gold-diggers or archaeologists.

The exhibition in Athens, according to the website, aspires to convey to the visitor the mythology surrounding the ancient treasures, with emphasis placed on the conditions of their discovery, the causes behind their concealment and information derived about their initial owners.

According to the publication, ancient hoards – buried inside walls, beneath floors, inside caves or in secret locations, are connected with historical events, offer information on the phenomenon of savings and attest to matters of coin circulation in Greece, focusing on savings at a time before banks and banking systems.

The Numismatic Museum of Athens, whose permanent collection boasts around 600,000 coins covering the ancient Greek world, the Roman and Byzantine periods, western Medieval times and modern times, is the only museum of its kind in the Balkans.

In addition to the coins, the museum’s collection also includes hoards – closed numismatic groups, weights, lead stamps, medals and precious stones, as well as thousands of volumes devoted to the field of numismatics, history, seals and archaeology and an extraordinarily rich archive of documents.

Housed in the Iliou Melathron (The Palace of Ilion), the home of Heinrich Schliemann, the Numismatic Museum’s building was created by German architect Ernst Ziller in the style of the Italian Renaissance adapted to the neoclassical spirit of the late nineteenth century. The building was inaugurated on January 10, 1881, and its inside walls are decorated with paintings on Pompeian themes and the finds of Schliemann at Troy and Mycenae.

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Post by: Figleaf on June 13, 2010, 12:52:34 AM
Rare coin stolen from Paldi museum
Ahmedabad Jun 07 2010

A rare 18th century Mughal coin was stolen from the civic body-run museum at Paldi area in the city on June 4, an official said on Sunday.

“A gold coin belonging to Emperor Muhammad Shah Rangila has gone missing from the museum and we have registered a police complaint in this regard,” said the museum in-charge. He said the 10.5 gm gold coin was a rare item in the museum’s collection.

“In our museum, we have a good collection of rare gold and silver coins, paintings and other artifacts,” the civic official said. According to him, the civic body has now decided to install CCTV cameras so that the museum can be monitored properly.

Meanwhile, officers at the Ellis Bridge police station have recorded the statement of the museum staff and those in charge of security.

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Post by: Bimat on July 03, 2010, 04:52:44 PM
Visited the Dinesh Modi Numismatic Museum in Kalina campus of Mumbai University today :) It is basically divided into two parts,one for Indian coinage,and one for foreign.

The Indian section starts with oldest known coins of India(bent bars etc),and gradually it moves towards modern Indian coinage.I could see many familiar coins there,like Larins,punch marked coins(thanks to WoC!).It has a huge collection of princely states' coins,I think at-least one coin from each state has been shown there.It also exhibits some nice British,Portuguese and Danish India coins.Banknotes of British India as well as modern India are worth watching! Some scarce Republic India coins and banknotes (pieforts etc) are also there on display.

The foreign section is mainly flooded by pseudo issues :-\ Lots of NCLTs,bullion pieces...Not so attractive as Indian section!

The museum is open on weekdays (Monday-Saturday),10.00 am-5.00 pm(I guess).


PS: I didn't see any security guards outside the museum ;D
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Post by: Figleaf on July 03, 2010, 07:03:33 PM
Your self-control is admirable. ;)

Great, how you could see so much more because you knew what you were looking at. Are there other collections on view in Mumbai? Would you say that this is the city's best numismatic museum?

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Post by: Bimat on July 03, 2010, 07:11:01 PM
I do not know any other museum in Mumbai which is devoted completely to coins.There's one  Prince of Wales Museum of Western India ( in South Mumbai (one of the best in India) where they have a section for Indian coins.

A collector from Baroda has set up a museum of coins from his personal collection.I don't have any info about its address..May be asm can help us..

It was allowed to take photos inside the museum,but I didn't have a camera.I didn't carry it because of heavy rains (it was proved to be a wise decision!) I'll take some photos next time. :)


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Post by: Figleaf on August 27, 2010, 01:31:37 PM
Coins bring great change
AL Ahram weekly, no. 1013 (26 august to 1 september 2010)

Nevine El-Aref visits the newly-opened temporary exhibition at the Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is holding a temporary exhibition on "Coins Through the Ages". Over the past eight years the museum has hosted a series of temporary exhibitions, the most recent of which focussed on five artefacts that had been repatriated to Egypt. The temporary exhibition gallery in Room 44 has also hosted a series of exhibitions on excavations under the direction of foreign missions, including teams from America, France, Poland and the Netherlands.

"Coins Through the Ages" includes a vast collection of gold, silver and bronze coins dating back to historical eras from the late Pharaonic right through the Mameluke period. Also featured in the exhibition are a gold belt of Ptolemy III Euergetes and a number of gold bullion pieces from the fourth century AD. These objects were previously placed on display in the coin and papyri section of the museum.

To highlight the distinguished collection, says Sayed Hassan, co-director of the Egyptian Museum, the museum will use the exhibition to show how Egypt's political, economical and religious history can be traced through its coinage.

Wafaa El-Seddik, the director of the Egyptian Museum, says the exhibition is the first of its kind and will include early coins bearing hieroglyphic symbols.

Mohamed Abdel-Fattah, the head of the museum department at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), says that before the invention of a monetary system people bartered their surplus crops and cattle amongst themselves to obtain the necessary commodities. The invention of coins provided the means of transition from a barter system to a monetary system. Metal coins are divisible, variable in form, convenient for trade with foreign markets and can be saved for use at a later time.

The first people to invent a coinage-system were the Lydians of Asia Minor in the second half of the seventh century BC. The rich Greek merchants trading in the city-states on the western coast of Asia Minor adopted the Lydians' weight-system and began to issue oval ingots stamped with seals to guarantee weight and purity. After about 600 BC the use of coinage spread rapidly to Greece, and there, owing to improved techniques, coins developed into a splendid quality. Croesus, King of Lydia (560-546 BC) was the first ruler to strike coins in gold and silver.

During the Pharaonic period, gold, silver and bronze rings and large bronze ingots were sometimes used in the barter system. When the Persians first came to Egypt in 525 BC they brought their coins with them. The Egyptians treated these coins as ingots, valuing them based on their weight in metal and sometimes melting the coins for other uses. In the 30th Dynasty the Egyptians revolted against the Persians, and Nectanebo and his son, Tachos, struck Athenian coins to pay the Greek soldiers who helped them fight the Persians. The coins were also used in transactions with Asian merchants. These famous coins were called nwb-nfr, based on the two hieroglyphic signs on the obverse (or front surface), meaning "fine gold". These rare coins, which have a picture of a horse on the reverse (or back surface), are now representative of the transition from barter to coinage in Egypt. The nwb-nfr coins were still likely to have been used in the barter system as well as in a monetary fashion with foreigners, since the ancient Egyptians had not yet adopted a monetary trade system.

When Alexander the Great came to Egypt in 332 BC he considered himself a successor to the Pharaohs. During his reign, the typical coin bore depictions of deities or religious symbols. Alexander's image appeared on coins after his death in 323 BC. In this image he was portrayed as a deity or a hero on the obverse, while Zeus was represented on the reverse.

In approximately 306 BC the Greek governor became an independent ruler, and shortly thereafter the first coinage of an independent Egypt was created. When Ptolemy I Soter proclaimed himself to be the king of Egypt, he struck his own coins in gold, silver and bronze. On the obverse was the head of Ptolemy I and on the reverse was an eagle on a thunderbolt, both symbols of Zeus. Around the edge of this scene appeared the king's name in Greek characters.

During the Roman era beginning with the reign of Augustus Egypt had special coins known as Alexandrian coins. These coins were named after the city in which they were minted and were restricted to use within Egypt. These Roman coins also had Greek inscriptions. The obverse showed a depiction of the emperor's head; the revers, beginning in the third century AD, bore representations of various Egyptian, Greek and Roman deities. After the Arab conquest of Egypt in 641 AD the name of the minting location on the coins was changed to the Arabic script.

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Photo caption: gold Graeco-Roman coins on show, photo: Khaled El-Fiqi
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on August 27, 2010, 04:26:13 PM
Old Money Shows At Princeton

Detail From: Czechoslovakia, 50 korun, 1929. (Front.)
Designed by Alfons Mucha, engraved by Karel Wolf.
Collection of Vsevolod Onyshkevych.

(All Images Courtesy Of Princeton University Numismatic Collection.)

It makes the world go around, it talks, it can't buy happiness, and the only sure way to double it is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket. Yes, we're talking a mark, a yen, a buck, or a pound, but minus that clinking, clanking sound. In other words, currency. While vintage coin collections are a dime a dozen, it is more unusual, and more difficult, to accumulate historical paper money. Almost as quickly as they disappear from the average checking account, banknotes become victims of the wear and tear of circulation. The average life span of a one dollar bill is 22 months according to the Federal Reserve Bank. By contrast, the average coin stays in circulation for 25 years. But the design and creation of printed bills dates all the way back to 7th century China, and a new exhibition of archival currency at Princeton University's Firestone Library proves making money really can be a fine art.

Robert Deodaat Emile Oxenaar,
Dutch 100 Guilder Note, 1977. (Front)
Collection of Vsevolod Onyshkevych.

Detail From Obverse.

Robert Deodaat Emile Oxenaar,
Dutch 100 Guilder Note, 1977. (Back)
This Beautiful Note Has Since Been Replaced By The Euro.

The exhibit, Money on Paper, features American currency from Princeton's Numismatic Collection, one of only three such comprehensive collections at a U.S. university. (The others are at Yale University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.) Princeton's currency collection includes over 650 U.S. Colonial/Continental notes, roughly 2,000 Confederate States of America bills, and nearly 1,200 19th century American "Broken Bank Notes," so named because of the frequency with which the issuing banks closed up shop, leaving the bill holder with a fistful of worthless paper. Supplementing the display are rare items on loan from the world class banknote collection of Princeton Class of 1983 alum, Vsevolod Onyshkevych, which is particularly strong in European currency.

New Jersey, 1 shilling, December 31, 1763.
Designed By Benjamin Franklin.
Printed by James Parker, Woodbridge. (Front)

New Jersey, 1 shilling, December 31, 1763. (Back)

Beginning in 1684, British colonies were barred from minting their own coins. This led to the American colonies becoming one of the earliest regular issuers of paper money. Both Paul Revere and South Carolina engraver Thomas Corum were notable designers of colonial currency, but the most inventive note printer of the era was, not surprisingly, Benjamin Franklin, who even penned a 1729 treatise on the subject. Beginning in 1730, Franklin was the printer of all paper money issued by Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Franklin's license to print money proved extremely lucrative, and he devised several ingenious ways to prevent counterfeiting. These included a secret process for transferring the irregular patterns and fine lines of tree leaves onto printing plates, and the creation of a unique paper stock infused with mica particles.

John James Audubon,
Grouse Vignette, c. 1822.

The star attraction of the Princeton exhibit is the first public display of what has been called the "holy grail of Audubon scholarship," the recently discovered banknote engraving of a grouse by the great wildlife illustrator, which is his first published work. Audubon had made two references to the illustration in his diaries, but some researchers doubted its existence. It was even suggested that Audubon lied when he wrote of it to enhance his, then nonexistent, reputation. Eric Newman, a numismatic historian, and Robert Peck, a senior fellow with Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences spent ten years searching for the long-lost illustration. They discovered it on a sheet of sample images produced in 1824 by a New Jersey engraver who specialized in illustrations for banknotes. Although it is unsigned, the image is "Vintage, quintessential Audubon," according to Roberta Olson, curator of drawings at the New York Historical Society, which houses all 435 original watercolors for Birds of America. On display with a sample sheet containing the vignette will be an original watercolor by Audubon, a steel printing plate from Birds of America, and the Princeton first edition of the elephant folio book open to the page with Audubon's drawing of the pinnated grouse.

Who Knew George Had Such Great Gams?

New York, New York, The National Bank, $5, Unissued Proof (c. 1829).
Vignettes of George Washington and the Mythological Figure Hebe
by Asher B. Durand.

Imagine The Uproar If Today's Treasury Department
Issued A Five Featuring This Scantily-Clad Beauty?

One of the premier banknote designers of the first half of the 19th century was renowned Hudson River School painter, Asher B. Durand. Durand began his career as an engraver. He produced the well-known engraving of the signing of the Declaration of Independence for portraitist John Trumbull, which in 1995 became the obverse design on the two-dollar bill. Durand, along with his brother, Cyrus, pioneered the classical, patriotic designs which still hold sway over American currency today. Their intricate borders and highly detailed designs were also a delightfully decorative way of discouraging would-be forgers.

John C. Calhoun,
7th Vice President Of The United States.

Confederate States of America, $1,000,
Montgomery, Alabama, May 22, 1861.

Andrew Jackson,
7th President Of The United States.

Another section of the exhibit compares the imagery of Northern and Southern currency before and during the American Civil War. Included is a complete set of six notes printed by the National Bank Note Company of New York and smuggled into the Confederacy in 1861 for distribution as currency of Alabama and Virginia. These notes are in Extremely Fine condition, making them exceedingly rare.

Obverse of the Series of 1896 Silver Certificate:
"Electricity as the Dominant Force in the World."

And The Image That Got It Banned In Boston.[/size

The American section of the exhibition ends with the Educational Series of 1896, a group of Silver Certificates featuring allegorical motifs, and considered to be the most beautiful currency ever produced in the United States. Designed and engraved by some of the most important illustrators of the day, the series featured the infamous five-dollar bill "banned in Boston" due to its depiction of bare-breasted women on the obverse.

Czechoslovakia, 50 korun, 1929. (Front.)
Designed by Alfons Mucha, engraved by Karel Wolf.
Collection of Vsevolod Onyshkevych.

The European section of the show includes Czechoslovakian currency produced by Alfons Mucha, better known for his Art Nouveau posters of actress Sarah Bernhardt, among others. When Czechoslovakia won its independence after World War I, Mucha designed the first postage stamps, banknotes and other government documents for the new state. By the late 1930's Mucha's art, and his Czech nationalism,were denounced in the Nazi press. When German troops invaded Czechoslovakia in the spring of 1939, the 79 year-old artist was considered so dangerous he was among the first persons detained by the Gestapo. During his imprisonment and interrogation, Mucha contracted pneumonia. Though eventually released, his health was ruined, and he never recovered. Broken-hearted at the takeover of his homeland by Hitler, Mucha died on July 14, 1939.

Czechoslovakia, 50 korun, 1929. (Back)
Designed by Alfons Mucha, engraved by Karel Wolf.
Collection of Vsevolod Onyshkevych.

Something For The Ladies:
Money Featuring A Beefcake Shot.

A publication entitled Money on Paper, by Princeton's Curator of Numismatics Alan M. Stahl, accompanies the exhibit. It contains a full catalogue of the bank notes on display, with many illustrated in full color. There are also three illustrated essays in the catalogue: Mark Tomasko writing on "Bank Note Engraving in the United States," Francis Musella on "Benjamin Franklin's Nature Printing on Bank Notes," and an edited version of the headline-making article by Robert Peck and Eric P. Newman entitled "Discovered! The First Engraving of an Audubon Bird." The Money on Paper exhibit at the Leonard L. Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts of the Firestone Library opens August 30, 2010 and continues through January 2, 2011.

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Post by: Figleaf on August 30, 2010, 01:26:18 PM
Rarest Coins Ever in Daraa National Museum
Sana, 29/08/2010

Horan area in southern Syria knew currency thousands of years ago instead of the exchange system that prevailed in contemporary civilizations, securing a place on the economic map and an effective role in trade exchange.

The big number of the unearthed coins in Horan reflects the flourishing economic and trade environment as well as the political and administrative image that prevailed during the Classical Age in the region.

Ayham al-Zoubi, Secretary of Daraa National Museum said: “The museum has a coin with the image of Emperor Philip the Arab (Marcus Julius Philippus) who ruled in Rome (244-249 A.D.), which is, as historians say, one of the rarest coins in the world.”

He added the museum has 7,500 coins, 6,000 of which were unearthed in Sanamain city in 2007.

Al-Zoubi indicated that the latest finds unearthed at Tel al-Sheikh Saad site in Horan in 2009 unearthed 74 copper coins dating back to the Greek era, which prove that Horan used coins in trade dealings ever since. The coins also highlight the political, economic and military role of Horan cities, and some of them bear a celebratory character portraying emperors, victories, buildings and gods at that time.

Also, excavations unearthed gold coins dating back to various Islamic eras, the most famous of which is the golden Dinar of al-Motassembillah, minted in 224 Hijri in Sanaa, Yemen.

“Trade is the mainstay of the Syrian economy, given Syria's geographical position and economic production”, says the German researcher Horst Klengel.

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Post by: Figleaf on September 02, 2010, 02:33:40 AM
It’s all about the money
By VERDEL BISHOP Monday, August 30 2010

PEOPLE OFTEN drop coins on the ground and don’t bother to pick them up because they think it isn’t worth the time or effort. When most of us go into a store, we leave the one cent change with the cashier because we don’t see its value.

Some people store their coins away for years and years without considering its worth; but consider this — it costs this government 17 cents to make one cent. This should be enough to cause you to be mindful of the value of your cents. And if you are still not convinced, a visit at the Central Bank Money Museum in Port-of-Spain, would surely make you realise that every cent counts.

Objects like knives and spades and various shapes and sizes of coins and banknotes have all served as money in different times and places. These items, as well as a wealth of historical information can be obtained at the Central Bank Money Museum.

Visitors to the museum hear fascinating stories about money, from barter to modern times, learn about money’s history and see examples of rare coins and currency.

According to Central Bank Senior Manager, Nicole Crooks, as money continues to evolve, so does the museum, which was launched six years ago, to mark the Central Bank’s 40th anniversary.

“The museum provides an alternative learning experience for students and adults. It tells a story through a mix of showcases, graphics, multi media and interactive elements. We are always upgrading the museum to keep it fresh and informative,” Crooks said.

“Our aim is to make the museum more interactive and we are putting things in place to facilitate this. We have a lot of tourists and students who visit the museum. We have had over 18,000 visitors.”

There are interactive games which allow visitors to learn the fundamentals of investing. There are touch screen computer monitors which allow visitors to test their knowledge of this country’s financial history. The Central Bank is currently upgrading the museum with additional features and artifacts.

One interesting point is that this country doesn’t make its own money. The coins are made at the British Royal Mint and the bank notes are made at Del la Rue, also in Britain. This country’s

banknotes are actually made from processed cotton fibres. Although the TT currency is made elsewhere, this country is responsible for the design, as well as the security and integrity and security of the currency in circulation. The ingredients used for the ink on which the banknotes are printed are kept secret.

A tour of the museum, led by museum technician Cynthia Stephenson, covers world money, the history of TT’s money and the Central Bank. There is a display on the birth of the coin, with a vast showcase of coins made in the shape of knives and spades. There are coins from places like China, as well as centuries old Greek and European coins and the smallest coin in the world, which came from India.

Stephenson said this country frequently updates its bank notes to avoid counterfeit. She said although statistics on the prevalence of counterfeiting in this country are not readily available, during Carnival and Christmas cases of forgery are prevalent.

“Money goes through a lot of changes, but when it comes back to the Central Bank, we destroy the money, which helps us to keep a track of the money in circulation at different points.

We update our banknotes frequently and whenever we do this, we ensure that the public is properly informed and educated, through community seminars throughout the country and various advertisements.” Stephenson said people need to know their rights when it comes to money, as most people throw away money once it is ripped or damaged. She said such currency can be replaced at any bank and it is illegal for shops to refuse damaged money.

The Central Bank Money Museum is open to the public Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 am to 2pm.

Source: Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday (,126715.html)
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Post by: chrisild on October 06, 2010, 01:46:58 AM
Came across this website today:

That is the Feodosia Money Museum's website. Feodosia is a seaside resort in Crimea, and the local money museum has both a "walk-in" exhibition and a website with various exhibits. Some interesting stuff there, from ancient Feodosian money to modern coins from Ukraine.

The museum appears to have an English version ( of its website; does not work for me though. The Russian Money Museum, however, has some info in English about the museum in Feodosia here ( Note that this, from a museum in Moscow, still says that Feodosia is in Ukraine ...

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Post by: Figleaf on October 08, 2010, 07:17:59 PM
A coin from Sri Lanka was labelled as struck in Jaffa, which is a town in Israel, rather than Jafna, which is a mint town in Sri Lanka.

Samuel Pepys reported that Frances Stuart had posed for the copper farthings with Britannia. He was wrong. The first proofs date from before she came to London.

More details on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Museum (otherwise known as the Prince of Wales museum) in Mumbai. The coins and some banknotes are exhibited in chronological order, giving a historical overview of the main types of coins struck through the ages.

Even though a very considerable part of the floor space is devoted to coins, one still gets the idea that only a small selection of the coins issued is exhibited. Also, there is nothing overly creative or innovative about the exhibition. However, what is exhibited is of fantastic quality. In particular the earliest coins are in spectacular condition, with super high relief. In addition, the setup is eminently suitable for the many groups of students, who would be bored to death by more detail.

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Post by: asm on October 09, 2010, 11:45:24 PM
Casa de la Moneda, The Mint – Hall Exhibition.

On a tour to Colombia, I had the opportunity to see the the Mint Hall exhibition, a permanent feature, housed in the Casa de la Moneda, the Old Mint Building. Besides the Coins, also exhibited in another part of the building is an exhibition of Paintings. All the exhibits are the property of the Central Bank “ Banco de la Republica”.

The origins of the mint date back to 1620 when King Phillip II of Spain ordered the foundation of the mint. Captain Alanso Turrilla de Yebra rented the property in the Candelaria neighbourhood of Bogota to hammer coins. It was the first mint in the continent striking Silver and Gold coins. The current structure, an example of civil architecture of the province of Nueva Granada and was designed by Spanish architect Thomas Sanchez Reciente, was completed in 1753 under the viceroy Solis.

Over 8,000 coins from the collection of Banco de la Republica  are on permanent display and include Gold as well as Silver coins, Stamping dies, Paper notes and an engraved plate used to print the paper currency. Also on display are the coin striking presses of the 18th, 19th & the 20th century. Also on display was a huge piece of gold weighing over 57 Oz., used originally to mint gold coins. Security was tight and photography in that part of the building absolutely forbidden.

Also on exhibition are some of the one ounce gold coins of the colonial era and examples of Mexican coinage circulating in Nuevo Reino de Granada. 

The mint, though currently does not operate form here and has been shifted to another area in a more secure environment outside of Bogota.






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Post by: Sir Sisu on October 22, 2010, 10:13:14 PM
If you find yourself in greater Helsinki area, then you might want to also visit the Bank of Finland Museum ( and definitely the money chamber ( at the Nation Museum of Finland. Neither is spectacularly set up, but they both have great content IMO. (Unfortunately the latter link is only in Finnish. But you can always squeeze it through google translator if you're interested.)
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Post by: Figleaf on October 31, 2010, 02:51:38 AM
Colonial Williamsburg's latest buy: Money
Paper currency issued in pre-Revolution North Carolina
October 29, 2010

WILLIAMSBURG –- Colonial Williamsburg has acquired a large amount of cash, but it's not the kind the foundation can spend.

The collection of colonial paper currency was issued by North Carolina prior to the American Revolution.

Comprised of more than 6,600 notes in varying denominations issued between 1748 and 1771, the stash of cash was worth about 7,176 pounds sterling in 1775. If legal tender today, the currency would have purchasing power of more than $750,000.

Portions of the currency will be featured in a new coins and currency exhibit, “Dollars, Farthings & Fables: Money & Medals From the Colonial Williamsburg Collection,” opening in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum on Nov. 24.

“As the only known hoard of pre-Revolutionary War colonial paper money, the Cornell Hoard is truly exciting,” said Erik Goldstein, Colonial Williamsburg’s curator of mechanical arts and numismatics. “Not only is the sight of such a huge pile of cash stunning, but it has much to offer students of early American coins and currency.”

Named the “Cornell Hoard,” the money was collected originally by Samuel Cornell, a transplanted New Yorker who became a wealthy merchant after moving as a young man to New Bern, N.C. in the mid-1750s. In addition to his activities as a merchant, Cornell also was involved in high risk currency speculation as evidenced by the hoard of colonial currency.

In 1769 as one of the wealthiest and most influential men in the North Carolina colony, Cornell underwrote the construction of a new governor’s house in New Bern — the Tryon Palace — with a loan to the government of £8,000 in “proclamation money,” or colonial paper currency, which helped earn him an appointment to His Majesty’s Council for North Carolina.

As an ardent Loyalist, Cornell seized another opportunity in 1771 to lend a lot of cash to North Carolina. He provided £6,000 to finance a military expedition to the western part of the colony to put down a small taxation rebellion. The skirmish became known as the Battle of Alamance, considering by some to be the opening salvo of the American Revolution. In addition to his loan, Cornell also sold £483 in supplies for the expedition to the colony.

On the eve of the Revolution, Cornell left New Bern and sailed for London in 1775. After two years there, he headed to British-occupied New York City. Before his death in 1781 at the age of 50, he was apparently able to transport his monetary cache to New York. His will, which specifically mentioned the “proclamation money of North Carolina,” left most of his wealth to his five daughters.

The bundles of currency apparently remained in the family until 1913 when it was offered, along with other Cornell papers to the New York Public Library, which published the letters as “Papers Relating to Samuel Cornell, North Carolina Loyalist.” The library, in turn sold the currency in its entirety to a dealer during the 1970s, who put half the collection up for sale. The other half, representing about 40% of Cornell’s original stash and the last remaining intact portion, is now part of the Colonial Williamsburg numismatic collection, the gift of an anonymous donor.

Source: The Virginia Gazette (

Photo caption: Colonial Williamsburg recently bought a hoard of colonial currency that is the equivalent of $750,000 in today's dollar.
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Post by: Figleaf on October 31, 2010, 11:33:11 PM
Accrington museum treasures on display at last
21st September 2010

KEY treasures from the former Accrington Museum are on show for the first time since its closure at the start of the Second World War.

Items including a Greek coin from 425BC and the ‘death penny’ presented to the families of fallen First World War soliders can be viewed after decades in storage.

They form part of a Commemorations Exhibition at the Haworth Art Gallery of more than 100 items which have not been seen since the former Accrington Museum in Oakhill Park closed.

Curators at the Haworth said the items have been in their archives for some time, but were not in any condition to be viewed until now.

Thanks to a £5000 grant from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council coins and memorial items have now finally been restored to their former glory.

Key items from Hyndburn’s past are also included in the exhibition, such as a commemorative key which markes the opening of Accrington St Mary Magdalene’s School in 1892.

A plaque also shows how the people of Accrington adopted HMS Boadicea - a B-class destroyer in 1942.

Learning and Access officer Yvonne Robbins said: “These items certainly have not been seen since the old museum closed, and we do not know for sure the last time they were displayed before that.

“There are many, many coins and comemorative items which give you a real glimpse into the area’s past.

“There are so many interesting items on display that we have put together a guide called the ‘discovery trail’ which will help visitors identify and find out about various objects in the Commemorations exhibition.”

Source: This is Lancashire (
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Post by: Figleaf on October 31, 2010, 11:53:47 PM
Coin discovery sheds light on Malta’s numismatic history
20, September, 2010

The Central Bank of Malta has recently acquired a Fatimid quarter dinar minted in Malta during the Arab period to add to its numismatic collection. The significance of this acquisition lies in the fact that, until this quarter dinar was discovered, no Muslim coin bearing the mint name of Malta was known to exist, leading numismatists to believe that no Muslim coinage was ever minted on the island. The discovery of this coin can, therefore, be considered as one of the most significant developments in Malta’s numismatic history.

The quarter dinar was minted in 1080/81 during the reign of al-Mustansir (1036-1094), one of the longest-reigning Fatimid caliphs. It is made of fine gold and has inscriptions in Kufic script, an early Arabic calligraphy. It was discovered by Andre P de Clermont, an international expert on Islamic coins, when this coin was offered for sale in the UK late in 2008. Other world renowned experts have confirmed de Clermont’s claim regarding the Malta attribution.

The quarter dinar will be exhibited for the first time on Saturday, the 25th of September 2010, when the Bank will be opening its numismatic collection to the public during the Notte Bianca from 18:00 to 23:00. A number of Fatimid dinars and quarter dinars from the collection of Maltese numismatist Emmanuel Azzopardi will also be exhibited.

The Bank’s collection also includes coins used in Malta since the Punic era, together with all the coins and banknotes issued by the Central Bank of Malta since its foundation in 1968. It is housed in the Bank’s main premises at Castille Place, Valletta and may be visited by the public during office hours.

Source: Gozo news (’s-numismatic-history/)
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Post by: Figleaf on November 11, 2010, 08:57:58 AM
Numismatic museum to show coins, notes from 220 countries
Laxmi Birajdar, TNN, Nov 11, 2010

PUNE: Sporting a collection of 60,000 currency notes and over 25,000 coins from 220 countries, the Yashlaxmi numismatic museum, set up by Narendra Tole, will be the first of its kind museum in the city.

Historian Babasaheb Purandare will inaugurate the museum at Natraj Society in Kothrud on November 15. General public can visit the place from November 22 onwards. The museum will house special sections on colonial currency, silver coins from ancient India and a range of contemporary coins from Europe, America and Australia. Sections in the museum have been dedicated to coinage from 6th and 4th century BC India, minted silver coins from the British colonial rule starting 1835 and coins from all former colonies of Britain. Besides it will house the Portuguese, Dutch and French coinage in India, commemorative coins from the Mughal era and Indian currency notes in various denomination after 1947.

Tole is an avid numismatist for the last 40 years. He has sourced his treasures from family, friends and fellow numismatists. A vast display at the museum sports recent coinage that goes a few years back, for instance gold coins from South Africa and Malawi featuring endangered animal species, special one-kilo silver coin from Australia, exquisite silver coinage from Cook Island, Israel, Guernsey, Bahrain, Indonesia and the like. Foreign proof sets and currency notes from various countries, that go back just a few years, are another feature of the museum.

"I have been collecting coins of various countries by exchanging them as well as requesting foreign tourists to part with some of their change money to aid my collection. We've been able to source most of the recent Indian coinage from the Reserve Bank of India as well," said Tole. He hopes the museum will serve an academic purpose as well. "Once the museum opens, we will bring school students from class 8, 9 and 10 for visits here. Lectures and interactive sessions on numismatics and various aspects of coin collection will also be planned," he added.

A member of the Numismatic Society of Maharashtra, Pune, Tole also purchased coin sets by placing orders with governments of various countries. He was assisted in the museum layout and planning by the International Collectors' Society of Rare Items, Pune.

Source: Times of India (
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Post by: Bimat on November 11, 2010, 11:31:14 AM
Will try to visit the museum in my next visit to Pune (probably in December, have to attend several boring wedding ceremonies ::))

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: chrisild on November 25, 2010, 02:08:49 PM
If anybody plans to visit the Monnaie de Paris mint museum in Paris in the next couple of months ... forget it. Currently it is closed for renovation, but while the original plan was to re-open the museum in late 2012 (, the website now says "mid 2013".

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Post by: Figleaf on November 26, 2010, 06:32:38 PM
Cornish coin used in emergency battle to beat Caesar goes home in coup for Royal Cornwall Museum
By Culture24 Staff | 25 November 2010

In June 1749, a solid gold coin was found on a hilltop at Carn Brea, slightly to the west of a set of Neolithic earthworks which formed an Iron Age hill fort.

Identified as a Westerham Type gold stater, it went on to be illustrated by Cornish geologist William Borlase in his oracular Antiquities of Cornwall in 1769, but then disappeared entirely.

Centuries on, this rare insight into ancient times is about to go back on show at the Royal Cornwall Museum in Truro.

“We are absolutely delighted to have acquired the coin,” says Jane Marley, the Curator of Archaeology and World Cultures at the Museum.

“It represents an important part of Cornish history and, as such, is causing a lot of excitement amongst local historians.”

The coin was originally discovered in 1749
© Bernie Pettersen
Their enthusiasm is understandable – of the original stack of more than 20 coins found, five are held by the Ashmolean Museum, one is in the British Museum and another is held in the museum collection at Chur in Switzerland, with the rest missing.

Figures from Oxford University and the Royal Institute of Cornwall joined the county’s Heritage Trust and Archaeological Society in funding the effort to buy the Cornish survivor when it reappeared in London earlier this year, signifying the importance of a piece thought to have been issued as emergency war money to fund British battles against Julius Caesar in 54 BC.

One side shows a disjointed horse with three tail lines, framed against a series of pellets and zig-zag patterns, although experts have had to concede defeat in attempting to pinpoint the flipside, which they say is “indistinct”.

Having ended a 261-year wait to restore the tiny treasure, perhaps it’s a good thing that it retains some of its mystery.

Source: Culture 24 (

Photo by Bernie Pettersen, caption: The coin was originally discovered in 1749
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Post by: Figleaf on January 13, 2011, 03:18:17 PM
On September 24, 1991, Lech Walesa, then president of the Republic of Poland, officially dedicated the new mint on Zelazna Street 24 in Warsaw. In front of this modern black glass palace stands an old coining machine pointing attention on the mint. The new seat of MENNICA POLSKA, S. A., also houses the mint’s numismatic cabinet, open for visitors on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The cabinet has a vast collection of coins and medals from the times of Stanislaus August until the present day. The library contains over 2,000 volumes of numismatic literature.

Source: 2011 World Money Fair catalogue (
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Post by: chrisild on January 14, 2011, 11:14:22 PM
Side note: The Polish central bank (NBP) plans to open a "Money Center" on its premises in Warsaw. "The area of approx. 2000 square metres which has been designated for the purpose will span four storeys. These will accommodate, besides the numismatic collections of the NBP, items closely connected with money - from old machines and measuring equipment, through historical catalogues, books and pamphlets to modern devices used in production, counting and authentication of notes and coins."

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on January 20, 2011, 11:00:12 PM
A glimpse of rare Roman coins at Museum
D Madhavan, Jan 19, 2011

CHENNAI: Coins are not only used as a mode of exchange but they also reflect heritage. Indian-Roman relations was one such area where coins played a major role in establishing and strengthening ties between two countries.

At a special exhibition on Roman coins and other Roman antiquities found in South India, inaugurated by the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre director Angela Trezza at the Government Museum in Egmore on Tuesday, rare coins and antiquities were put on display for the public. "The exhibition will showcase the story of Rome-India contacts through artefacts, photographs and charts. The museum has the biggest collection of Roman coins 4,000 outside Europe," TS Sridhar, secretary and commissioner of museums, told The Times Of India.

The exhibition, jointly organised by the Government Museum, Italian Embassy Cultural Centre and Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be open everyday between 10am and 4.30pm till February 2 at the museum's centenary exhibition hall.

Historically, trade between ancient Rome and India can be traced to the rule of Roman emperor Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD). Romans came to India in search of gemstones (mainly beryl), silk, cotton, ivory, spices (pepper and cardamom), sandalwood and peacocks. In return, India obtained coral, wine, olive oil and metals like gold, silver and copper.

Metals imported from Rome were mostly in the form of coins and medals. "The most striking feature of Roman coins found in India is that they have slash marks on them, generally 1 to 2 mm long and marked by a knife or a chisel or a file. In Tamil Nadu, Pudukkottai and Soriyapattu are the most important Roman coin hoards containing such slashed coins," said N Sundararajan, curator, Numismatics section of Government Museum.

Another peculiar feature of the coins found in India is the occurrence of countermarks on some. Roman coins found in India are of gold, silver and copper mostly between 2nd century BC and 6-7th century AD the closing years of the Roman Republic to the time of Byzantine rulers. A majority of the Roman coins found in India occur as hoards buried underground in earthenware pots.

Source: Times of India (
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Post by: Figleaf on January 20, 2011, 11:29:50 PM
Restored Mint in Novosibirsk Region to Become a Museum

      Unique history monument - Suzunsky Smeltery and Mint, where the famous local currency “Siberian coin” was minted in the 18th -19th cc - will be restored and transformed into a tourist complex in the Novosibirsk Region.
      The news was reported by the press-service of the regional government following the results of the recent council on preservation of historical and cultural heritage.
      On the basis of the ancient constructions remaining in Suzun the authorities of the Novosibirsk Region plan to create a large-scale museum able to attract a considerable number of tourists.

Source: Russia-InfoCentre (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on February 06, 2011, 02:54:31 AM
Yapı Kredi has the world’s largest coin collection in its safe
06 February 2011 / Sevim Şentürk

İstanbul It is a gigantic safe, one of those that we normally see in banks, but this safe has a completely different function. It does not house millions of today’s banknotes, but rare coins from Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and other lost empires.
In it, there are some 55,000 coins that are direct witnesses of history, taking you back in just glance to the time they were minted. Coming from different periods of the past, they all tell a different story. With one you travel back in time to the sixth century B.C., while you find in another the Lydians, who invented money, and in yet another, Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. There are more: coins minted in the image and time of Alexander the Great; those from the one-month reign of Sultan Cem, who is known for his tragic story; a unique golden coin from the reign of Tuğrul Bey, the founder of the Great Seljuk Empire; and the coins used during the time of the four great caliphs of Islam are favorites of this safe. Even the coins minted just for the immediate needs of the Ottoman army have a place in this safe, which is located in the Vedat Nedim Tör Museum.

This coin collection was brought into existence by Kazım Taşkent, the founder of Yapı Kredi Bank, who patiently bought these coins from other collectors over time. It is the world’s largest coin collection. Although several exhibitions have previously been held, this collection has never been fully revealed to the general public. Now, Yapı Kredi Bank is preparing unveil the collection, unknown to many, but precious to anyone who seeks to learn more about how coins evolved over time. Yapı Kredi Vedat Nedim Tör Museum Director Şennur Şentürk and archeologist Nihat Tekdemir are taking individual photos of each coin in the collection with the purpose of transferring them to digital media. They will be displayed online with the state and monarch that issued them, the city where they were minted, the date of production and a brief history of each coin. The project aims to contribute to the correct understanding of history and facilitate the work of researchers. The outcome of this project will soon be accessible at the website of Yapı Kredi Kültür (

There is a historic treasure in the safe

The 55,000-piece Yapı Kredi coin collection is divided into three groups. The first group consists of 22,000 rare coins, including 7,500 Ottoman, 122 Arab, 525 Umayyad and 1,373 Abbasid coins. It also contains 714 coins of Classical Greece, 228 Greco-Roman coins, 432 Roman coins and 392 Byzantine coins. The second group has 10,570 Ottoman coins, 640 of which are gold. The third group is the collection created by Cüneyt Ölçer, a major numismatist in Turkey, containing some 15,000 items.

A collection worthy of Anatolia, where coins were invented

The story of the collection is as special as its content. In a meeting held some 65 years ago and attended by historian İbrahim Hakkı Konyalı, antiquarian Hüseyin Kocabaş, coin collector Behzat Butak, numismatist Ekrem Humbaracı, Şerafettin Erel, founder of İstanbul Radio Vedat Nedim Tör and some other famous figures of the time, Yapı Kredi Bank’s founder, Kazım Taşkent, underlined that one of the purposes of his bank was to preserve the cultural assets of the country. The group’s advice to him suited the logic of a bank and the past of Anatolia: They decided to build a Yapı Kredi coin collection that would include the world’s first coin, minted by the Lydians. First, Kocabaş’s and Erel’s collections containing rare pieces were bought, followed by the collections of Butak, Humbaracı, Osman Ferit Sağlam, Muazzez Erman, Fethi Aktan and Nusret Karaca. Finally, Ölçer’s collection was purchased in 1994 and eventually the world’s largest coin collection was brought into existence.

Source: Sunday's Zaman (

Contact details and opening hours of the museum are here (
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Post by: Coinsforever on February 06, 2011, 05:45:38 AM
There is a historic treasure in the safe

The 55,000-piece Yapı Kredi coin collection is divided into three groups. The first group consists of 22,000 rare coins, including 7,500 Ottoman, 122 Arab, 525 Umayyad and 1,373 Abbasid coins. It also contains 714 coins of Classical Greece, 228 Greco-Roman coins, 432 Roman coins and 392 Byzantine coins. The second group has 10,570 Ottoman coins, 640 of which are gold. The third group is the collection created by Cüneyt Ölçer, a major numismatist in Turkey, containing some 15,000 items.

Interesting , I am not sure if they have catalog of these coins displayed.

Cheers ;D
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Post by: Figleaf on February 07, 2011, 02:21:31 AM
BOK Museum symbolic of modern Korean history
The structure was built in 1912 to be the headquarters for the Bank of Joseon.
By Kim Jong-rok, February 07, 2011

The former home of the central bank of Korea on Namdaemun Street in Jung District, central Seoul, now houses the Bank of Korea Museum. The tall white building behind the museum is the current home of Bank of Korea. By Shin Dong-yeon

Across from Shinsegae Department Store near Myeong-dong in central Seoul, a two-story stone building inspired by Renaissance-style chateaus stands out magnificently among the shiny skyscrapers around it. This historic building that now houses the Bank of Korea Museum is a century-old landmark in the country’s capital.

The classic structure rests in the shadow of the towering Bank of Korea high rise, which was completed in 1987 to be the new home of the central bank.

Although Namdaemun Street, where the museum sits, surrendered its “financial hub of Korea” status to Yeouido, this was long the hub of finance on the Korean Peninsula.

The building was completed in 1912 to become the headquarters for the Bank of Joseon, Korea’s central bank during Japan’s colonial occupation.

It was designed by renowned Japanese architect Tatsuno Kingo, also known for his work on the Tokyo’s Bank of Japan building and Tokyo Station.

Only since 2001 has it been the Bank of Korea Museum.

Most of its visitors are children and students. There is also the occasional foreign tourist that wonders in from the Myeong-dong market across the street.

A popular exhibition is a collection of bills and coins that were used on the Korean Peninsula hundreds of years ago.

A coin known as dangbaekjeon, which was in circulation during Heungsun Daewongun’s reign (1820-1898), is a metaphor for a lack of money. The Korean idiom “I don’t even have a ddangjeon” came from this period of financial hardship and high inflation. Ddangjeon is a shortened term for dangbaekjeon.

“People just tried to make a living. I think that’s what we got from the chaos we experienced in ... our recent history,” said 71-year-old Jo Byeong-su, who used to design bills at Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation.

“Currency design should transcend [financial history] down to several generations,” he added.

Also on display are foreign currencies from 120 countries.

But the real estate the building occupies also has deep financial history.

The museum is located near Seonhyecheong (1608-1894), which was a government office and warehouse that effectively controlled the prices of rice and cloth, and the value of the currency by periodically increasing supply of commodities.

A monument called Hamabi stands to the right of the current bank building’s east gate.

Hamabi was was erected during Joseon King Injo’s reign (1623-1649). In the era of Injo, a coin known as sangpyeongtongbo was the longest-circulated coin in Joseon history.


The Japanese government established the Bank of Joseon to act as a central bank in 1909. It issued Korean yen from 1910 to 1945 and won from 1945 to 1950.

The Bank of Joseon was responsible for regulating prices, issuing currency and supporting international trade for domestic companies.

After the Japanese occupation of the peninsula came to an abrupt end in 1945, the bank was dissolved by allied forces and replaced by the newly created Bank of Korea.

Only two weeks after the remodeled Bank of Korea came to life, the Korean War (1950-1953) broke out. And two days after that - on June 27 - employees at the Bank of Korea transported 1,070 kilograms (2,359 pounds) of gold and 2,513 kilograms of silver to the Navy Control Area in Jinhae, South Gyeongsang, before eventually being moved to the United States’ Federal Reserve Bank of New York for safe keeping.

What remained was 260 kilograms of gold and 19,570 kilograms of silver.


The mission of the modern-day central bank is inscribed into the wall of its main lobby: “stabilized commodity prices.”

The Bank of Korea controls the base interest rate and supervises the country’s foreign exchange reserves - which now totals close to $300 billion.

Korea ranks No. 6 in the world for its stockpile of foreign exchange currencies.

“As a joke, employees at the Korean central bank say they need not be blinded by money,” said Cha Hyun-jin, a 49-year-old manager at the bank’s investigation department.

“The BOK is the only bank that does not strive to make a profit. From the beginning of the bank’s establishment in 1950, it had been designated as a public corporation, exempt from paying corporate taxes.

“It was also off limits to tax auditors. But that all changed in 1998; now, it is classified as a general taxed corporation, which can be subject to tax audits.”

Cha added that the profit model is reversed for the central bank when compared with most private corporations because it generally realizes profits when the Korean won appreciates in value and falls when demand wanes for the currency.

There was about 1,680 trillion won ($1.5 trillion) in circulation as of November 2010, according to the Bank of Korea.

Every year, the amount of currency that ends its life cycle could fill up 194 five ton trucks.

Source: Joong Ang Daily (

Photo caption: From top, dangojeon (1884); a 100 won bill (1914); a 1,000 won bill (1950); a 500 won bill (1962) Provided by the Bank of Korea Museum
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Coinsforever on February 08, 2011, 02:06:46 AM

The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation's centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5,600 works of art. Over the next several years, the collection and number of visitors grew exponentially, and in 1909 the Museum moved to its current home on Huntington Avenue.

Today the MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs.

November 2010 marks the opening of The New MFA. Designed by the world-renowned Foster and Partners architects, The New MFA comprises a new wing for Art of the Americas; renovated art of Europe galleries; improved conservation and education facilities;The Linde Family Wing devoted entirely to contemporary art; and a new, larger public space—the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard.

An Artists' Colony - Right Across the Street

Established in 1876, The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the oldest and most distinguished art schools in the United States. Through an affiliation with Tufts University established in 1945, the SMFA offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs, providing students with a full range of academic resources.

Source : MFA (

Collections ( includes ancient & contemporary coins , weight , antiques etc.
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Post by: Figleaf on March 14, 2011, 02:12:27 PM
Money: It's a hit at the Bank of Greece museum
By Iota Sykka, March 11, 2011

There’s not much to catch the eye at 3 Amerikis Street in central Athens, though this is where the National Bank of Greece houses its museum.

The museum’s current exhibition is on Greece’s numismatic history. It is free of charge and is proving to be very popular, especially among younger visitors, who are captivated by the clever exhibits.

Children are able to make as much noise as they want, because here there are no guards to tell them to hush up. They can indulge their enthusiasm for learning about how money works and where it comes from, and that is what this museum, which has been in operation for just one year, is all about.

The first exhibit is an attention grabber: It is a large installation consisting of five transparent boxes containing 1.5 million euros. Visitors crane their necks to make out the bills they expect to see, but this exhibit highlights the euro’s environmentally friendly character by showing the stuff that it’s made of rather than the bills themselves: cotton fibers.

Another exhibit is one of the most ancient coins in the bank’s collection: a small electrum coin from Chios featuring the emblem of the island, a sphinx.

Displays of banknotes from other parts of the world are also impressive. There are banknotes from Cuba adorned with portraits of Che Guevara, from India with Mahatma Gandhi and from Zaire, featuring a gorilla. There is also the first-ever banknote printed, which hails from China and comes with a warning to forgers that they will suffer a terrible punishment if caught.

The museum offers a brief lesson in the history of finance from the invention of the coin in Lydia, Anatolia, in the late 7th century BC and the Ionian Greeks’ introduction of electrum coins, which were made of a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver with traces of other metals. It casts a light on the artists who were inspired by the Parthenon to print its motifs on coins and it explains how the world’s first bank was founded, in 1609 in the Netherlands. It also traces the history of the Bank of Greece, which was established in 1927 under the Geneva Protocol, as well as the history of the drachma, plastic money and, more recently, the introduction of the euro.

The basement level of the museum contains displays of bank bonds, including a fascinating bond depicting a female figure with two children and another for 100 billion drachmas. The designs for the bonds, all done by hand and in incredible detail, are kept in drawers that can be opened by visitors, while there are also special display cases showing the templates and shedding light on the fine etchings and prints that were used. Angelos Xenos, the head of the service in charge of the bank’s archives and collections, is at hand to talk visitors through a display of all the tools and instruments used by those who designed and made banknotes and bonds.

It goes without saying that the most popular displays are the gold ingots and coins. The visual delight of the sparkling, well-polished gold bars is complemented by an audio stimulant as well, as the sound of tinkling coins from Pink Floyd’s landmark song “Money” plays in the background. On a similar pop culture note, there is a projection of the miserly cartoon character Scrooge McDuck taking a dive into a pile of gold coins, as well as a massive photograph of the central bank’s vault -- with security-sensitive details photoshopped out, of course.

Budding accountants will take great pleasure in the numbers games and interactive displays set up, one of which takes visitors through the technicalities of applying for and managing a loan, paying close attention to the interest rate.

Young visitors may be dreaming of becoming international financiers as they tour the displays and older visitors may be yearning for the simpler days of the drachma. The most frequent question they ask the museum’s director, Alexandros Stylos, however, is whether the bank is printing drachmas. All the molds, he reassures them, are on display at the museum.

Source: Ekathimerini (
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Post by: Figleaf on April 03, 2011, 04:27:10 PM

The Institute and Museum of Military History is located in the building of the Nándor Barracks in the Buda Castle (Budai Vár). Besides the armoury, the collection of uniforms, flags, and numismatics are also significant.

The regiment flag of the Fifth (Prince Regent, later Radetzky) Hussar Regiment is considered to be one of the most significant artefacts of the museum; it was donated by King George of England. Also important is the sabre of General Lajos Damjanich, the honorary sabre of György Klapka, and the 'attila' coat of Ernő Kiss, from the 1848-49 War of Independence.

Permanent exhibitions: 'Hand Weapons', 'The History of the Hungarian Defence Forces (Honvédség)', and 'The 13 Days of the 1956 Revolution'. There is also a display of the siege of a medieval castle, almost 15 square metres in size.

This museum, which collects artefacts of Hungarian military history, was established in 1918 by the 'museum group' of the Military Archive (Hadi Levéltár). The institution became independent in 1929 and moved to its present location in 1929. 70 per cent of its collection was destroyed in 1944-45. Today the museum has over 50,000 hand arms, machine guns, and other military equipment. There are over 30,000 artefacts related to uniforms, of which there are 300 complete uniforms. A flag collection holds 5,000 pieces and the numismatic collection contains 28,000 coins.

The museum, which received the 'Museum of the Year' award in 1999, also hosts temporary exhibitions. The museum's library is open to the public.

Source: Hungary starts here (
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Post by: Figleaf on April 17, 2011, 01:48:31 AM
Udupi: Meet Banker Radhakrishna - King of Coins
Saturday, March 26, 2011

Udupi, Mar 25: Keen interest and efforts put in by a man named Kumble Radhakrishna from past 23 years has made him own a treasure of his own.

Enthusiastically travelling around the nation Radhakrishna has collected about 1360 coins of 115 nations of pre-historic era. The variety of coins collected by him has been displayed at Museum of Corporation bank, Udupi branch for public viewing.

Kumble Radhakrishna who is an employee of Corporation Bank has had immense interest towards collection of old coins. His interest in this venture was backed by an unflinching perseverance.

He has a collection of coins ranging from pre-historical period ie 2,600 years old to that of 20th century. Out of these 80% coins are of silver, rest are of coper and black metals. Coins belong to the ruling period of Magada, Maurya, Shathavahan, Kadamba, Kushana, Chutukalananda, Gupta, Mogal, Hyder, Tippu Sultan, Krishna Devaraya, Thughalak, Gajni among others.

Coins from England, Hong-Kong, Mauritius, West Indies, Africa, Fiji, Canada, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, USA, Philippines, Portugal, Netherlands, China, Germany, Nepal, Australia, Tibet, likewise from 115 different countries’ coins are in his collection.

Though Radhakrishna is of Kumble, he was born in Chitthur of Andhra Pradesh. He finished his primary, higher education there and joined corporation bank in the year 1975. His friend Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari’s father Dr C A Rajagopalachari was fond of this hobby.

Radhakrishna says he was inspired by him and was given training from 1973 to 1987 on numismatics.

Radhakrishna, who has strong command over six languages has worked in various braches of Corp bank like Chittur, Nijamabad, Bangalore, Hassan, Mumbai, Rajkot and Mangalore. Amidst all these, he was given a special call by the RBI to work in its Monetary Museum at Mumbai for 4 years.

Indo-Greek Coins

At the Museum 2230 years old (230 BC) silver coins of Indo-Greek period attract the viewers. Coins of various dynasties such as Indo-Euthydemus, Indo- Eukrutides, Indo-Philux, Indo-Senas, Indo-Parthiyan, Indo-Danish, Indo-French and Indo-Roman among others are also displayed.

Coins depicting gods prevailed during the rule of East India Company in Ramanath (presently in Tamil Nadu) and during the rule of Vijaynagara kings, and such coins in which lord Ganesh, Hanumantha, Rama Laxmana, Narasimha have been carved are also seen in the museum.

He has a collection of 144 crown size coins of 60 different countries of 17th or 18th century, each weighing 25 grams and all of pure silver.

Support by Corporation Bank

The ardent work of Radhakrishna was supported by managing director of the Bank Ramnath Pradeep who opened the museum in Udupi for displaying the old coins. This was inaugurated by finance minister Pranab Mukharjee on March 12 (the inauguration was done in New Delhi symbolically).

For the ones visiting the museum located in the premises of Corporation Bank Udupi, Radhakrishna eagerly explains about the history of every coin in languages like Kannada, English, Hindi, Konkani, Telugu, and Tamil.

Radhakrishna says the word Rupayi is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Ruppia’. Ruppia in Sanskrit means silver. As in earlier centuries coins used to be made out of silver, hence it was called as Rupayi.

For lay people, coins are just money with different denominations, but for those with enthusiastic eyes, they explain the history of particular land.

Source: Daiji world (

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Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: chrisild on May 17, 2011, 12:10:14 AM
Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania

The Lithuanian Money Museum is "based in the heart of Vilnius in the Bank of Lithuania buildings complex. The Museum opened its doors in 1999. Today it's situated in very center of Vilnius at the intersection of Gediminas Avenue and Totorių Street. Here, in the five halls on two storeys visitors can be introduced to the history of world money and banking, Lithuanian money, development of banking in our country since the emergence of the first credit institutions to the present day." More information, including an English language video about the museum, is here:

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Post by: Abhay on June 09, 2011, 06:14:01 PM
I visited Singapore Notes and Coins Museum  ( on 5th July.

The most noticeable thing, as you enter the Museum, is the large YAP COIN (, made of stone.

The other attraction is the Souvenir, that you can mint for yourself. You have to pay 2 Dollars, to get a Blank. You have to put the blank in a coin minting machine, and the Blank is turned into a coin like Souvenir, in front of your eyes.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on June 24, 2011, 01:26:30 AM
Rich find inside the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: a money museum
By Rachel Rice, Staff Reporter, June 20, 2011

The ka-ching you hear when you walk into the Money Museum at the Chicago branch of the Federal Reserve isn’t the Reserve giving out money, but teaching about it.

The metal maze of wires bent into corkscrews with marbles rolling through it, making plenty of noise on the way down, is meant to symbolize the “path of cash through our economy,” said Patrick Maun, Money Museum director. “The kids really like this one.”

The children also really like the coin pit in the floor, protected by bulletproof glass with coins adding up to about $50,800, according to Maun. They also enjoy the glass cube on a rotating pedestal filled with one-dollar bills, representing $1 million.

“The Federal Reserve (of Chicago) at any given time has ten- to thirteen-billion dollars inside it,” Maun said impressively. The Money Museum itself contains over $3 million, all on display to the public — but well-protected, of course.

The Money Museum teaches about “fundamental economic concepts and what the federal reserve does,” Maun said, and has everything from the educational and historical to the purely fun and novel. Museum goers can calculate what salary they would have to be making in 10 years to have the same level of buying power that they have now, based on the rate of inflation. They can also look at real and counterfeit bills and test themselves to see if they can spot the fake.

The newest addition to the museum marks the start of modern banking system in America. It is a journal created by the American Bankers Association containing the country’s first routing numbers printed on checks. “It symbolizes order out of chaos,” said Hugh Jones, CEO of Accuity, the company solely in charge of keeping track of the country’s routing numbers. “Before this system was put in place 100 years ago, in order to move money from A to B you would literally have to move your gold bullion from A to B. Now, because of this system, money can move across the country without a human being ever touching it.”

The ABA Routing Number Registrar is on display at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Museum to celebrate Accuity’s centennial celebration.

The Money Museum, 230 S. La Salle, is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with guided tours at 1 p.m. There is no fee.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times (
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Post by: Figleaf on July 03, 2011, 10:54:11 AM
Cashing in on the money
By Xu Junqian, 2011-07-02

Yu Liuliang and Luo Tiansheng may have one of the largest collections of money and stocks in the country - but they're not rich.

Most of their collection consists of delicate, yellowing bits of paper that have not been in circulation for decades. The pair's savings have been exhausted by the cost of adding to their collections.

Yu, who has more than 25,000 kinds of bills and coins from 230 countries, and Luo, who specializes in stock paper collecting, are holding a "red" exhibition featuring money and stocks issued between 1930 and 1949, when the People's Republic of China was founded.

Occupying the second floor of the glass-and-steel Nanmatou Community Center, near 2010 Expo Park in Shanghai, the exhibition displays about 300 items, many for the first time.

"The exhibition is the first of its kind in the city, specializing in bills, coins and stock notes from the most critical moments (in history) of China and our Party," says Liu Chao, director-general of Shanghai Collection Club, the exhibition's main organizer.

"Visitors will see a different side of history," Liu says. "For example, they can see how the first generation of money was made and what it looked like."

The collection has three versions of the 500 yuan note issued by Northeast Bank in 1947, with a portrait of former chairman Mao Zedong; the 1 jiao note issued by Shaanbei (Northern Shaanxi province) Industrial Bank in 1935 to commemorate the completion of the Long March; and the 10,000 yuan note issued by the People's Bank of China in 1949.

"The value of these notes lies in the fact they were made so coarsely - there is no way to replicate them today," says 69-year-old Yu, who is a coin-minting professor.

"Most of the notes were produced from low-quality paper and handmade with stones, which were the only accessible tools during the difficult wartime period," explains Yu, who has been a numismatologist (an expert in coins' relation to history) for more than 40 years.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is the "first stock" note issued after 1949. It was issued by Shen Laizhou, founder of Shanghai Hengfeng Lint Factory - one of the biggest factories in the city then - on the new government's founding day.

"It wasn't a coincidence that the two events fell on the same day," says Luo, who started his hobby of collecting stock notes while working as a stock trader.

"It was a deliberate choice made by Shen, a capitalist who used to distrust the new government but was later moved by its goodwill and then decided to show his support," he adds.

Luo says most of the stock papers were destroyed or lost during the "cultural revolution" (1966-1976) and it is difficult to track their value.

"But the historical and artistic value of these papers is everlasting," Luo says. "As they witnessed the ups and downs of the country's economy, I believe their economic value will also grow, as more people learn their history and they become increasingly difficult to find."

Luo got his stock papers from what he calls "a network of weird collectors".

"If you are still thinking about getting lucky at some street stalls, there is a large possibility that you will be fooled," Luo says, with a loud laugh.

Source: China Daily (
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Post by: Figleaf on July 26, 2011, 12:51:44 PM
History and beauty lessons at the Numismatic Museum
By Iota Sykka, Tuesday July 26, 2011   

While the riddle of the Greek debt dominates conversations, temperatures are rising and the atmosphere on Panepistimiou Street in central Athens* is decidedly stuffy.

But here’s a chance to change your mood and take a journey back in time. The year is 1881, when German architect Ernst Ziller built a marvelous residence, known as the Iliou Melathron**, for his friend, the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann.

Inside the restored building which now houses the Numismatic Museum of Athens, you can picture the day when elegantly dressed members of high society would gather on the mansion’s arched terraces to admire floor mosiacs made by Italian artisans and walls covered by murals depicting scenes of life in Pompei. All around the building were elegantly decorated ceilings, including the residence’s master bedrooms -- the private quarters of Schliemann and his spouse, Sophia Engastromenou, 30 years his junior and whose marriage to the German expatriate had been the result of matchmaking.

The building -- which at the time of its construction had cost the formidable sum of 439,650 drachmas -- became a point of reference for the city’s social and cultural life all the way up to the beginning of 20th century. It was sold to the Greek state in 1926 and subsequently housed the Supreme Administrative Court and the Supreme Court.

Every Tuesday at noon, the Numismatic Museum offers history lessons through the prism of money and its myths, but also on the mansion and its celebrated residents.

“Myth and Coins,” is the subject of a guided tour scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, followed by “Before Coins” on August 2, “Coins at Times of Crisis and Prosperity” on August 9 and “Iliou Melathron: an Exquisite 19th-Century Residence,” on August 16, among others.

A visit to the Numismatic Museum might throw light on the meaning of the term “strong currency” or how ancient Greek coins were actually made. Things may get very exciting when comparisons are made between the past and the present: An Athenian soldier’s hourly wage was set at 3 obols in the 5th century BC, while the daily wage of an untrained workman was an Attic drachma and a housewife had to pay three obols for three cotylae (828 ml) of olive oil.

Last year’s guided tours pilot program proved successful, even in August, and the museum is hoping it will again prove a hit with visitors this year, even though local institutions are suffering due to staff shortages and a lack of funding.

In the meantime, the museum’s upcoming temporary exhibition, “The Cost of Nutrition,” will focus on the prices of products from antiquity to the present. Afterward, it will travel to the Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage, which is housed at the Bank of Cyprus in Nicosia, in February next year.

Back in Athens, the Numismatic Museum is also preparing for the display of the so-called Abdera Hoard, a rare collection of ancient coins which were repatriated following a donation by an American collector who had purchased the items in New York in 2000. This exhibition is expected to open in November.

Numismatic Museum, Iliou Melathron, 12 Panepistimiou. For reservations, call 210.364.3774 or 210.363.2057.

Source: Ekathimerini (

* see also reply #16
** Ilion palace
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Post by: Bimat on August 01, 2011, 10:16:56 AM
Pune's archaeology museum, a window into our heritage
Published: Monday, Aug 1, 2011, 12:50 IST
By Rajesh Rao | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

The archaeology museum in Pune is a perfect place to generate an interest about the subject among schoolchildren and emphasise the need to protect our heritage structures and excavation sites, said Bhaskar Deotare, head of department, department of archaeology, Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, (DCPGRI).

Developed for academic purpose, the museum at the department of archaeology at Deccan College has a large collection of artefacts.

“Started in 1939, the museum today has the finest collection of stone tools from prehistoric period and from different parts of peninsular India. Due to various archaeological explorations and excavations carried out by the department, the present museum has grown into a huge collection of artefacts categorised in nine different galleries,” said Deotare while speaking with DNA.

He encouraged city schools to adopt the guided tours of the museum for school and college students, as part of their cross-curricular programme.The nine galleries of the museum are divided into the following categories: Stone Age or prehistoric period (before 6000 BC); Chalcolithic or Copper Age (4500-3500 BC); Megalithic culture; Early historical; Sculptures; Epigraphy (inscriptions) & Numismatics (study of coins and related objects); Sciences in archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology (study of people for archaeological reasons) and Professor HD Sankalia Memorial Galleria, which houses the contribution of the founder of the department of archaeology, Prof Sankalia, to Indian archaeology.

Reader in environmental archaeology at the department of archaeology, Pandurang Sabale said that the museum preserves the legacy of humanity and its environment, for the purpose of education, study and enjoyment of visitors.

Source: DNA India (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Bimat on August 16, 2011, 08:33:36 AM
Government Museum: Chennai

The website can be found here (

The numismatic section's link:

Click on 'coins' at the bottom of the page to see images of some splendid Indian coins. 8)

The website also has a database of medals and stamps.

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Post by: Figleaf on August 28, 2011, 06:22:24 PM
Central Bank Museums to reopen next weekend
August 26, 2011

The downtown San José (Costa Rica) complex that includes the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum and the Numismatic Museum has been closed for two months to upgrade its lighting system.

The Central Bank Museums in San José will reopen Sept. 3 after a two-month closure to complete work on a new lighting system, the group announced in a press release.

Although the system’s new LED lights will not be installed until the end of September, the museums decided to reopen ahead of schedule due to “considerable demand” for their services during this time of year, the press release said. However, some closures during the month of September to complete electrical work are “probable” and will be announced in advance, the statement added.

Work on the lighting system began in May and includes installation of a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient lighting system for the museums’ exhibits. The upgrade cost ₡346 million ($692,000), according to the press release.

Located beneath Plaza de la Cultura in downtown San José, the Central Bank Museums complex includes the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, the Numismatic Museum and a gallery for temporary exhibits, as well as a gift shop offering pre-Columbian-inspired jewelry and indigenous handicrafts.

The museums’ hours are 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission prices are ₡1,500 ($3) for nationals and residents, ₡5,500 ($11) for foreign visitors and free for children under 12 and students with ID. Admission is free for nationals and residents on Wednesdays.

For information and updates on the upgrade work and possible closures, call 2243-4219 or visit or the museums’ Facebook page at

Source: Tico Times (
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Post by: Bimat on September 08, 2011, 06:46:54 PM
Corp Bank's heritage museum, a treasure of financial knowledge


Showcasing old coins to the present day financial inclusion initiatives of the Government will be the focus area for improving the founder's house of Corporation Bank in Udupi, according to Mr Ramnath Pradeep, Chairman and Managing Director of the bank.

The bank has converted the house of the founder president of the bank, Mr Haji Abdullah Saheb, into a heritage museum.


Showcasing the heritage museum to a group of journalists from Mangalore at Udupi on Thursday, Mr Pradeep said aim of the bank is to make the heritage museum the ‘financial temple' for the people visiting the temple town of Udupi. The heritage museum will be developed as a tourist spot for the pilgrims visiting the town, he said.

The heritage museum provides information about banking history since its inception in 1906. The bank was started in the house of Haji Abdullah Saheb with a capital of Rs 5,000 in the form of a ‘nidhi' on March 12, 1906, in the name of Canara Banking Corporation Udipi Ltd. Stating that the museum has a good collection of coins from across the world, Mr Pradeep said the bank wants to improve the coin collection in the museum. It will approach coin collectors in this regard, he said.


The employee of the bank, Mr Radhakrishna Kumble, who has put 25 years of his coin collection on display at the museum, said around 1,360 coins of different periods and different countries are on display at the museum. The current market value of these coins will be around Rs 42 lakh, he said. Mr Pradeep said the museum showcases the evolution of banking, banking instruments, records, bank notes and currency.

Solar lighting system has been used for the electrification of the entire building, he said.

Apart from the heritage museum, the building also has a financial research centre, financial inclusion resource centre, and financial literacy and credit counselling centre.

The financial inclusion resource centre showcases the initiatives taken by Union Government and RBI on allied products and services, he added.

Source: Business Line (

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Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Coinsforever on September 11, 2011, 12:17:41 AM
Beijing Ancient Coin Museum

Deshengmen embrasured watchtower is one of the two embrasured watchtowers of Beijing inner city in Ming and Qing Dynasties that preserved till present. In history, it was called as military gate and is the important entrance of Beijing to Saibei. In Zhongtong 14th Year of Ming Dynasty (the year 1449), the national hero, Yu Qian safeguard Beijing and took Deshengmen as the main battlefield. In Chongzhen 17th Year (the year 1664), Li Zicheng led his peasant army successful entered into Beijing in this place.


Deshengmen embrasured watchtower stands upright in the high circumvallation. Its total height is 31.9 meters. On August 1979, Deshengmen embrasured watchtower was published and listed as Beijing City's Key Cultural Relic Unit. It was refreshed in 1980 and welcomed the tourists to visit there.


In 1993, the country provided the fund to reconstruct the Zhenwu Temple at the Wucheng of Deshengmen. Moreover, Beijing Ancient Coin Museum was built there. It is the sole one coin museum in Beijing area that opened to the out world. It exhibits Chinese ancient coin in different dynasties through the entire years.


Moreover, it also holds temporary exhibition, which is the ideal activity place for the coin collecting peoples to research, collect and interchange.


Beijing Ming and Qing Dynasties circumvallation was built continuously and completed on the basis of Yuandadu. The exhibition displays the original features of Beijing City in the past. There are also exhibitions of the material objects like signal cannons and door locks etc.


Nearly thousand coins are displayed in the museum that ranges from the ""shell coin" in Yinshang Period to paper currency of Zhiyuan Current Money in Beisong Dynasty, and further to the copper round coin in the Republic of China. The various kinds of coins reflect the politics, economy and social reform at that time. It reappeared the history features.


Address: Deshengmen Jianlou, Beierhuan, Xicheng District, Beijing.


Telephone: 010 – 62018073


Open Time: 08:30-16:30


Admission: 4 yuan (US$0.5)


Bus Route: Bus Nos. 44, 5, 55 and 345 or by underground railway, and get off at Jishuitan Station.

Source :Beijing Ancient Coin Museum 
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Post by: Coinsforever on September 11, 2011, 12:22:49 AM
Virtual Money Museum

The MoneyMuseum is the Museum's platform of the Sunflower Foundation. The foundation was established in 1999 by Dr. Jürg Conzett. Its aim is to expand the knowledge and the exchange of money, its history, significance and function and thus to promote the individual and social understanding of economic connections.

This aim is pursued by the Sunflower Foundation with all its platforms, activities and products. Go to the foundation's website and you will learn more.

Source :moneymuseum (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Bimat on November 07, 2011, 08:33:08 AM
From clay seals to cashless economy

By Maria Waqar
Published: November 7, 2011

To investigate the turbulent and complex history of the sub-continent — the warring rulers, myriad conquests and royal intrigues — seems like a daunting task.

However, one can simply examine one thing to uncover a Pandora box of chronological details: the history of money in the region. The changing inscriptions on coins alludes to the rise and fall of rulers and kings, the switch from coins to paper currency signifies a leap in technological advancement and the use of money stamps is testimony to the unavailability of paper currency during times of war.

And this history of monetisation— recounted through a treasure trove of cowrie shells, coins, stamps and notes — is showcased in the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Museum & Art Gallery (Karachi.) This pink sandstone structure with looming window shutters and jumbo doors was inaugurated on July 1, and previously housed the Bank of India before partition and the SBP’s library.  Inside the mammoth colonial structure, with a refurnished interior boasting spangling spotlights and a renovated brass and glass skylight, are neatly organised sections displaying the history of money over the millennia.

Chronology of money

Perhaps the most interesting section of this museum is the coinage section, neatly divided into pre-Islamic and Islamic periods. The pre-Islamic display starts with the punchmarked coins used by Greeks and Aryan invaders dating back to the 6th and 7th century BC.  The currency of this epoch is conspicuous for the Hellenistic trait of bearing the imprint of the ruling monarch’s portrait.

The chronological exhibit gives way to the second section  showcasing coinage from the ‘Islamic period of India and Pakistan’ – a misleading description since Pakistan did not exist till 1947 and non-Muslim influences remained strong in the entire sub-continent even after invasions by Muslim rulers. On display are the copper, gold and silver currencies of the all-too familiar Muslim conquerors of history books — the Ghaznavids, the Ghauris and the Mughals etc. The changing shape, symbols and language on the coins attest to the sub-continent’s turbulent political past. Interestingly, when new invaders successfully captured an area, they used the coins of the old conquerors before introducing their own, but overstriked their own names and symbols on them.

As fascinating as this linear trajectory of money is, it does not add anything radically new to the viewer’s knowledge. In fact the exhibited currency, which matches the timeline of most textbooks in Pakistan, highlights that the complex history of the sub-continent is always confined to simple timelines and neat linear paths.

Artifacts and art work

Apart from the sequential record of currency, the SBP museum houses fascinating historical artifacts and art work. There’s the country’s first ATM machine on display; first employed by Habib Bank in 1988, it closely resembles a photocopying machine. There’s also coin-minting apparatus — a cumbersome green object with a wheel-like posterior — and a 100-year-old gold-weighing scale, refurbished with golden paint.

The second storey of the museum’s building houses a small art gallery showcasing the works of the renowned rebel artist, Sadequain, and a few other contemporary artists such as Marium Khan and Amir Hasan Rizvi.  Sadequain’s murals, originally made for the SBP, are majestic illustrations depicting distorted life-sized figures, whose coarse texture comes from the fine lines etched into the paint by a blade.

The museum, displaying lengthy historical descriptions and staffed with trained tour guides, is the first of its kind in Pakistan and is now open for public viewing.

Source: The Express Tribune (

(Click on the link to see some photos)

Image 1: Coin minting apparatus used in the early 20th century.

Image 2: The first ATM machine ever used in Pakistan. It was used by Habib Bank in 1988.
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Bimat on November 29, 2011, 01:40:26 PM
Singapore Coins and Notes Museum finds new home

The newly relocated Singapore Coins and Notes Museum opened on Tuesday. It is Singapore's first and only museum dedicated to exhibiting currency.

The museum houses three galleries, which are organised in chronological order, starting with the currency used in pre-independent Singapore to modern-day Singapore in the first and second galleries respectively.

The third gallery houses the most interactive elements and visitors can try minting their very own coin with a traditional minting machine.

The museum also offers free guided tours on a regular basis.

Source: Straits Times (
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Post by: Figleaf on January 01, 2012, 10:54:08 PM
National Hellenic Museum, 1st US museum dedicated to Greek culture, opens in Chicago
December 27, 2011

CHICAGO — Dolls a Greek woman made during World War II. Ice cream bowls and wooden spoons from a 1940s Greek candy store. Thousands of record albums filled with Greek music.

These items and many other beloved objects and family heirlooms have found their way from around the country to the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago, which has a new place to store and exhibit them all, in a four-story 40,000-square-foot environmentally friendly building of limestone and glass that opened in early December.

The $20 million project in the city’s Greektown neighborhood, which includes temporary and permanent exhibition space, classrooms, oral history archives, a library and roof patio overlooking downtown, replaces the museum’s previous space a few blocks away on one floor of a four-story building.

“This museum became by default the repository for artifacts from the Greek American experience because there was no other place people felt secure donating their items,” said Stephanie Vlahakis, the museum’s executive director.

Outside the museum, the street bustles with diners at Greek restaurants like The Parthenon, Athena or Santorini. A group of men speak Greek during an animated game of backgammon at the Panhellenic Pastry Shop with mounds of powdered sugar almond cookies and baklava piled in the glass cases behind the counter.

“We are telling the story of Greek America,” Vlahakis said. “We just start from the beginning, from ancient times and bring it to the modern times.”

The museum is a work in progress, with a skeleton version of the permanent exhibit on the second floor. Curators have scribbled design concepts in colored marker on the walls, like “absolutely want mosaic work” or “look into etching on glass?” The hope is to raise enough money to fill the displays out in a year.

But there is still plenty to see: shelves filled with items from a Greek family in New York, a wall of black and white pictures that chronicles the story of Greek immigrants in America and an area to learn the Greek alphabet. Visitors can watch a short introductory video narrated by, who else, George Stephanopoulos.

Museum curator Bethany Fleming hopes to travel to Greece and make casts of columns, gates and parts of temples to bring back to Chicago.

Downstairs the temporary exhibit space is home to “Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece,” an exhibit on loan from the Children’s Museum of Manhattan until August. It’s a child’s view of the daily life of ancient Greece and its legends and heroes, like Aristotle, Odysseus and Cyclops.

“What we want to do with all our exhibits is create a place where all generations of visitors can connect,” Fleming said.

There’s a kid-sized recreated Greek temple, and children can dress up in togas in front of a mirror or crawl into a jungle-gym Trojan horse. Interspersed are nearly three dozen Greek artifacts, including coins, pottery and figurines. One Macedonian drachma coin dates to 336-323 B.C. and is about the size of a dime.

The museum building itself is inspired by nature, containing elements of earth, air, fire and water. Inside a large, sky-lit stairway leads visitors from east to west, symbolizing the travel of Greek immigrants from Europe to America. Everything, Vlahakis says, was done deliberately to parallel the Greek American experience.

“So much of our world is inspired by the ancient,” she said.

Source: Washington Post (

Photo caption: ( National Hellenic Museum / Associated Press ) - This undated photo courtesy of National Hellenic Museum shows the exterior of the new 40,000-square-foot National Hellenic Museum in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood. The new four-story, green building of limestone and glass opened in early December.
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Post by: Figleaf on January 09, 2012, 12:37:56 AM
800 year collection arrives in Mongolia
By E.Oyun-Erdene, 9 JAN 2012

Ulan Bator The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science bought 52 pieces of coins which is with stamps and names of ancient khans and the first banknote which emitted in Yuan State period. Coin collector, chronologist and scientist B.Nyamaa bought these ancient rare coins and banknotes from an international auction. The banknote of Yuan State is very rare in the world and there is no banknote of Yuan State left in Mongolia. This is the first time that a joint venture between the Government and The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science bought historical documents.
Mongolia is considered to have created the first bank note in the world.

The Yuan State’s banknote was created in 1287 by the order of Khubilai Khan. When there was an economical crisis, Khubilai Khan ordered to create the banknote which is equal to coins and this helped to limit the inflation. The banknote was written in Mongolian and Chinese and confirmed by the stamp of the Khan. Researchers said that this banknote costs over USD 200 thousand at the international auction. The coin collector B.Nyamaa also gave a precious collection of 52 pieces of ancient rare coins. This collection is with the stamps and names of 24 khans Ugudei, Guyeg, Munkh, Arigbukh and it is considered as very uncommon in the world.

The Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Yo.Otgonbayar, is spearheading the movement to revive the historical heritages of Mongolia. During the exhibition “Chinggis Khaan,” which was held in National Historical Museum (, the banknote of Yuan State was brought in by invitation. Some people said “Why is such an important legacy not in Mongolia?”

Head of the Culture's Policy Department of the Ministry of Education Culture and Science, B. Naranzun said, “Coin collector, chronologist and scientist B.Nyamaa said “This is one of my precious collections. If the State wants to take my collection its own protection, I will give it by bargaining.”  The council agreed on the price and the 52 coins were bought for 230 million MNT. The collection memorializes the fact that Mongolia published the first banknotes.

Source: Mongol News (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Coinsforever on January 21, 2012, 12:13:56 PM
X-ray of rare Shiva statue surprises Amsterdam museum

Nevada (US), Jan 9 (ANI): Prestigious Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam recently conducted an X-ray of its thousand-year-old monumental Shiva-Nataraja statue as a part of research and was surprised to know that it was cast in solid bronze.

Hollow sculptures have reportedly been a common practice in Europe since the Greek Antiquity. The museum discovered that even the aureole and the demon under Shiva's feet were also solid.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has applauded Rijksmuseum for its interest in Hindu artifacts.

This Dancing Shiva statue was X-rayed using high-energy digital radiation, along with the lorry transporting it, in the most powerful X-ray tunnel for containers of the Rotterdam customs authority, normally used to scan sea containers for suspicious contents. It is said to be the first research of its kind on a museological masterpiece.

At 153 cm x 114.5 cm, this 300 kilograms Shiva statue is claimed to be the largest known bronze statue from the Chola Dynasty kept in a museological collection outside of India. "This solid bronze Shiva is evidence of a high level of mastery of bronze casting", a Museum release says.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged the major museums of world to acquire more Hindu sculpture and art; dedicate permanent space to Hindu artefacts; and organize more exhibitions of Hindu art, sculptures, and architecture to make the present and future generations aware about their richness.

Rajan Zed argued that because of their richness and other factors, Hindu artefacts were becoming a favourite of museums in America and the West. Many prestigious museums already owned Hindu sculptures and other artefacts and many were planning to acquire them.

Even some formations in world famous Grand Canyon National Park of USA were named as Shiva Temple, Krishna Shrine, Vishnu Temple, Rama Shrine, Brahma Temple (7851 feet), and Hindu Amphitheatre, Zed pointed out.

According to Rajan Zed, various renowned museums in USA which have acquired statues and other artefacts of Hindu deities include Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California; Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond; Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California; Museum of Art and Archaeology in University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri; Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California; American Museum of Natural History, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania; Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri; etc.

Zed further says that other prestigious world museums, which possess statues of Hindu deities, include British Museum in London, United Kingdom; Musae Guimet in Paris, France; Museum for Asiatische Kunst in Berlin, Germany; Te Papa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand; Beijing World Art Museum, China; National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada; Victoria and Albert Museum in London, United Kingdom; etc. Thailand reportedly has a private Ganesha Museum.

Rajan Zed asked foremost art museums of the world, including Musee du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay of Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Los Angeles Getty Center, Uffizi Gallery of Florence (Italy), Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Modern of London, Prado Museum of Madrid (Spain), National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, etc., to frequently organize Hindu art focused exhibitions, thus sharing the rich Hindu art heritage with the rest of the world.

The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands, whose collection comprises 1.1 million objects dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Its history goes back to 1800 and it attracts about 900,000 visitors each year. A. Ruys is Chair while Anna Slaczka is curator of South Asian Art of this Museum which contains many stone and bronze sculptures from India.

Zed said that art had a long and rich tradition in Hinduism and ancient Sanskrit literature talked about religious paintings of deities on wood or cloth. Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of  the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal.(ANI)

Source: yahooinnews  (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: kansal888 on January 23, 2012, 03:37:11 AM
Dear Friends

You might be aware that the Reserve Bank of India opened a monetary museum few years back.

"The RBI Monetary Museum aims at documenting and preserving numismatic heritage. The Museum proposes to put in place permanent, temporary and itinerant exhibits of the representative coinage of India, paper currency, gold bars as well as financial instruments and curiosities down the ages".

The museum is in Mumbai (I am yet to visit it). An online version is also available

Now RBI has decided to open a second museum in Kolkata. Lets wait and see how the museum is developed.

Sanjay Kansal
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Post by: kansal888 on January 23, 2012, 03:47:38 AM
BTW..I came across another website which claims that Kolkata's old mint complex (Silver Mint on Strand Road) will also be converted into a museum and hotel. This project is different from RBI's project. I dont know if there is any connection between RBI's Museum and Mint's Museum.

This website demands donation. Both SPMCIL as well as RBI are cash rich organizations. I dont feel they will ever beg for donations. Therefore I am skeptical about this project. 
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Post by: Bimat on January 27, 2012, 05:47:05 PM
Finland commemorates the end of the markka

Author: Catherine Snowdon
Source: Central Banking | 27 Jan 2012


The Bank of Finland Museum (Helsinki) has also launched a new exhibition based on the book, which will run until December 30, 2012.

Displays of proposals for the banknote draft competitions held in 1947 and 1982 can be viewed in the museum, while a multimedia presentation shows all Finnish markka-denominated banknote types used in Finland since the Second World War.

For those unable to get to the museum in person, a virtual tour of the exhibition can be taken on the Bank of Finland Museum's website (


Source: Central Banking (
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Post by: Bimat on January 29, 2012, 08:03:06 AM
Less than 70 original coins on display at Lahore Museum

By Sonia Malik
Published: January 29, 2012


The Mughal emperor Akbar would be showered with coins when he entered or exited the palace on his elephant. The coins, popularly known as nisaari sikkay, were scooped up by peasants in the elephant’s trail. The Lahore Museum owns some 1,200 nisaari sikkay, bearing the emperor’s stamp and about an inch in circumference.

But just a few are actually on display at the museum. In fact, only 70 of the thousand or so coins on display are originals. The rest are replicas. The museum stores about 45,000 original coins, dating from 6 BC to 2010 AD, in its reserves.

Naushaba Anjum, the museum’s coin keeper, says insufficient security and lack of interest among visitors are the main reasons that most of the originals are generally kept hidden away. “Most visitors are unaware of the value of these rare, centuries-old artefacts. Otherwise there would be more burglaries,” she said, adding that the museum had the biggest coin collection in the subcontinent.

She recalled the relief among museum staff in 1988 after a burglary in 1998. “They mostly stole replica coins from the Indo-Greek era. The officers were so relieved that the originals were in the reserves,” Anjum said.

She said putting originals on display also increases the risk that they will be damaged. “The best way to share information about the coin collection is to write about them in the museum’s annual bulletin or newspapers,” she said.

“When coin collectors, scholars or students want to study something they get in touch in advance and plan a visit,” she said. A table has been set aside in the reserves room for anyone interested in studying coins.

Anjum said the museum had acquired six collections of coins from various eras over the last ten years, but some coins were not on display because of a lack of technical expertise in producing replicas.

After the 1988 incident, officials imprinted the originals of the stolen coins on plaster of paris and produced new replicas in laboratories. But the replicas produced were not as good as the ones produced during British rule.

“We have displayed some originals because we lack the expertise to make accurate replicas,” said Anjum. “In a way, the replicas in the museum library are also antiquities as they have been on display since long before Partition.”

The recent collections acquired by the museum include 1,200 nisaari coins, 150 Indo-Greek (2 BC) era coins and 20 punch-mark coins (6 AD) purchased in 2006 with the help of a Rs200,000 donation from the Qarshi Group. The same year, the then Parks and Horticulture Authority director general purchased 210 Mughal coins and donated them to the museum, along with some Pakistani coins. Some 214 Mughal coins were donated from Okara. Ten coins of the late Mughal period were donated by the Express news group in 2009. In 2004, a farmer gave the museum 465 copper coins from the reign of Nasir bin Karlik, ruler of Sindh in 13 AD.

A few originals from these donations, such as the 6AD punch-marks and Pakistani coins, are now on display. Earlier, coins from British India between 1849 and 1947 were the only originals on display.

Details of all the coins in the reserves are mentioned in 20 hardcover catalogues lined up against the shelves in Anjum’s office. She added that a lack of funds meant these catalogues had not been published.“They state the mint [region of origin], script and language, date, emperor’s name, year of rule, cultural sign, date of issuance and any poetry written on the coin. Images of both sides of the coins are also included,” she said. Anjum said that the most precious coins in the museum were from the Sikh era, and it owned most of the coins ever found. The reserves have just over 45,000 coins. “They are safe here as only VVIPs are allowed in on state visits. The keys lie in a strong room,” she said.

Source: Tribune (
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Post by: Figleaf on January 31, 2012, 06:22:33 PM
Hidden Treasures

Corinium Museum, Park Street, GL7 2BX, Cirencester.One of the ten treasures of the Corinium Museum is the Civil War coin hoard. 309 coins were found purely by chance hidden in a lead pipe under a barn in 1981.

Source: BBC (
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Post by: Bimat on February 14, 2012, 03:17:31 PM
A treasure of ancient coins

Baishali Adak, Feb 15, 2012 :
Historical pieces

For those who love to study ancient coins, the coin collection at the National Museum in Delhi is nothing less than a treasure trove.

With a whopping 1672 coins on display, the collection amazes one with its variety, rarity and antiquity.

Starting right from the 6th century BC, when coins are believed to have first appeared in India, the collection takes you through the entire history of coinage in the country. Each coin, highly informative and beautiful par excellence, has a story to tell.

Apart from the coins, which are displayed in a modern and user friendly format, the gallery has thoughtfully prepared dioramas to depict various techniques of coin production.  There are wondrous punch marked silver coins. The most interesting ones are the ‘bent-bar’ shaped coins from the Gandhara region, now in Afghanistan.

Then there are the exquisite coins from the Indo-Greek, Parthian and Scythian rule.

A coin bearing the image of Greek ruler Seleucus is eye-catching. The deputy curator of the museum, Dr R K Tiwari, says that the entire history of Greek rule in India has been constructed through coinage.

Next to it, one sees the amazing ‘re-struck’ coins from the Western Kshatrapa rule. Dr Tiwari explains that many rulers appeared in the regions of Maharashtra and Gujarat shortly after one another during this period. Unable to change all the coins of the previous ruler, they would simply get their names and images re-imprinted on them.

The pride of the gallery, however, remains its Kushan and Gupta dynasty gold coin collection. Dr. Tiwari informs, “There’s a very interesting story behind how we acquired our Gupta coins. A long time back, a historian was visiting the Raja of Bharatpur. He noticed that the Raja was wearing these gold coins as coat buttons. On enquiry, the Raja said that they had been found in a pot in the area. All the 638 coins were recovered from the same pot and donated to the National Museum.”

The Mughal coins are stunning with beautiful inscriptions of Quranic verses and rich, narrative content. On one hand, there are Akbar’s ‘Ilahi’ coins, which celebrate his religious ideals, while on the other, there are coins depicting Jehangir drinking a glass of wine. The British coins are as majestic, bearing images of various Viceroys and Queen Elizabeth herself.

One can also see modern Indian coins and currency notes in their many denominations.

The various credit cards, which are put on display, bring one back to the comfort and convenience of today’s age. But the ancient little beauties leave one marveling at the long history of coinage and skilled artisans.

Source: Deccan Herald (
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Post by: Figleaf on April 01, 2012, 12:53:03 PM
2012 Exhibitions at the National Museum in Cracow

At The Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace, the Museum will be presenting an exhibition entitled Numismatic Rarities from the Collections of the National Museum in Krakow (6.04 – 1.07. 2012).
This will be the first opportunity for a number of years to see these most prized and fascinating Polish coins.

An important event for enthusiasts and numismatists alike, the exhibition also aims to augment the ranks of devotees to the field, particularly in view of the fact that plans for 2013 include the opening, after an interval of more than seventy years, of the Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum. The first department of the National Museum in Krakow, the Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum has been closed since 2009 for modernisation under the auspices of the European Centre of Polish Numisnatics project.

Source: the National Museum in Cracow -

Photo caption: National Museum in Cracow - Main Building / photo by Zygmunt Put
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Post by: Figleaf on May 09, 2012, 01:52:32 AM
The penny that’s worth a mint
Wednesday 9 May 2012

IT’s only a penny, but it must be worth a mint – a rare coin, discovered in the Alnwick area, from the time when Northumberland was ruled by Scotland.

The silver piece was found by Brian Gray while searching with a metal detector, who reported his discovery to the local Portable Antiquities Scheme officer at the Great North Museum: Hancock.

Because Mr Gray found only one coin, it was not declared treasure, and it has been bought by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne for display in the museum.

And not only is it rare, but it’s also in excellent condition.

The coin was minted in Carlisle between 1136 and 1152 for Henry, crown prince of the Scottish throne, who also happened to be the Earl of Northumberland and Huntingdon. At the time of its minting, much of northern England was under Scottish dominion due to the conflict between Stephen and Matilda, the rival claimants to the English throne.

Dr Rob Collins, honorary keeper of coins for the Society of Antiquaries said: “I am thrilled that this penny of Prince Henry will be on display for the public. This was a very exciting period in border history, and this is the first coin of its type to be added to the Antiquaries collection.”

Andrew Parkin, keeper of archaeology at the Great North Museum: Hancock said: “I am very pleased that such an important part of Northumbrian history from a period when this area was under Scottish rule will be shown in the museum.”

Lindsay Allason-Jones, president of the society, said: “Given the current debate about Scottish ties to England, this tiny coin is a timely reminder that Northumberland was once part of Scotland.”

The coin was purchased by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne with the assistance of the V&A Purchase Grant Fund and the Headley Museums Archaeological Acquisition Fund.

It fills a gap in the society’s important coin collection of 5,000-plus coins, which includes the famous denarius of Cleopatra and Mark Antony.

Source: Northumberland Gazette (

Photo caption: The rare Prince Henry coin.
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: kumarrahul on May 28, 2012, 06:34:59 AM
Hi all,

I visited Mumbai this weekend and took the opportunity to visit the RBI Monetory Museum.  I had gone with little expectation, but was reasonably impressed with the collection, presentation and information.  The cartoons depicting evolution of money, Role of RBI (RBI and you) are superb and would entice kids to embrace this hobby.  The coins are displayed along with enlarged images and a historical timeline that makes it very interesting.  This museum is truly world class - simple yet elegant.  I've visited the Monnie de Musee at Paris but was not as impressed as with this one in Mumbai (one reason could be lack of familiarity with French history and coinage :-))

Full marks to RBI!! Must visit for numismatists/enthusiasts visiting Mumbai.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on June 06, 2012, 05:21:05 PM
Old coins narrate Sino-Tamil story
May 25, 2012

CHENNAI : Post Independence Sino-Indian diplomatic relations may be only a few decades old. However, China and ancient Tamils shared a trade relationship that dates back hundreds of years.
This is amply demonstrated by an expo on ‘Select Coinage of Tamil Nadu’ at the Centenary Exhibition Hall of the Government Museum in Egmore.

“An identified coin is a piece of history,” says N Sundrarajan, curator, numismatic section of the Museum, summing up its import. The Museum in Egmore has a collection of three coin hoards from China discovered in Tamil Nadu.

Sundararajan said, “The first hoard of Chinese coins the Museum received was in 1943 from Pattukottai Taluk in then Thanjavur district. It had a collection of 20 square-holed coins dated between 1073 CE to 1237 CE.”
Around 1,822 coins were discovered in 1944 form the second hoard of Chinese coins from Thallikottai, Mannarkudi Taluk in Thanjavur district dated between 713 CE to 1265 CE.

In the third lot are 323 coins discovered in 1962 at Olakkunnatham in Pattukottai Taluk. These coins are dated between 126 BCE to 1241 CE.

He mentioned the presence of a bi-lingual inscription, now in China, dated 1203 CE, perhaps done during the period of the last of the Cholas.

The inscription talk about a person named Samudhara Perumal who made an offering at the Seeru Kanniswaran Udaiyar Kovil for the well-being of a Chinese Emporer named Che-ka-cai-kan.

Some Chinese annals refer to Raja Raja Chola as Lo-t-sa- Lo-t-sa Chu-lien, added the numismatics curator.

These coins give the viewer a sense of the history the ancient Tamil Kingdom shared with the Chinese. Sundarajan said, “Coins are considered the metallic rearview mirrors which reflect our hoary past.”

Other coins on display are some from the Sangam period, Roman coins and coins of the ancient Tamil Kingdoms of the Cheras, Cholas and Pandiyas. The expo is open to the public from 10 am to 4.30 pm till May 24.

Source: IBN Live (
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Post by: Figleaf on August 10, 2012, 12:37:43 AM
Nagapattinam archaeological museum to be relocated
Aug 8, 2012

NAGAPATTINAM: The archaeological museum, housing many rare ancient objects would be relocated to a new building, district collector T Munusamy said here on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters after inspecting the museum, he said it had rare collections of paintings, numismatic objects, bronze and stone sculptures, biological specimen, ancient musical instruments and several other artefacts.

The museum is now located in an old British-era building. "Considering the value of the articles, as a precautionary measure, the museum will be relocated to a new building," he said.

Source: Times of India (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on August 26, 2012, 02:25:26 PM
Museum in the money with gold coin hoard
Andrew Dickens, 24/08/2012

A rare Iron Age coin hoard is on its way to St Neots Museum after a last-minute fundraising appeal secured £22,000 in grants and donations.

The museum, in New Street, will make its biggest-ever purchase when 68 gold coins – discovered by a metal detector in Kimbolton in October 2010 – arrive next year.

The British Museum in London had given the museum’s curator Liz Davies a deadline of the end of July to raise the £22,000 purchase price before the coins were sold on the open market.

After launching an appeal at the start of July, the museum landed £11,000 from the V&A Museum Purchase Grant Fund and a string of donations from residents and community groups. It has now been awarded a £6,000 grant from the Headley Museum’s Archaeological Acquisition Fund, making up the outstanding amount of money.

Liz described the purchase as a “great success for the museum”.
She said: “The museum would like to thank everyone who has helped us to achieve our fundraising target.
“It is really great to be able to keep this wonderful Celtic treasure in the local area.

“We will now be focusing on preparing a Heritage Lottery Grant application to redisplay our gallery about the early history of St Neots.” The proposed upgrade will include a high security case for the coin hoard, an off-site storage facility and a transformation of the Old Court Room into a community and learning space.

The collection was declared treasure trove at an inquest in Huntingdon last year and was sent to the British Museum. The hoard came from South Lincolnshire between Caesar’s invasion of England in 55BC and the conquest by Claudius in AD43.

A detailed list of major donors is expected to be released soon and further details about when the coin hoard will be on display will be discussed at the next museum management committee meeting in early September. Details about events and activities to celebrate the purchase will be released in the autumn.

Source: Cambridge News (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on September 11, 2012, 12:42:57 AM
8300 citizens visit Governmental Palace

The State Ceremony and Honour’s Hall (Ulan Bator) have been open to the public for nine days. Over 8,300 local and foreign people have visited the Governmental Palace and seen the exhibition so far. Out of over 2,000 exhibits of the State History Museum, selected 150 were displayed at the hall. One of the most magnificent exhibits was undoubtedly a copper coin of Guyug Khan, which is the only one which exists in the whole world.

A great number of foreigners and local residents have been visiting the hall. Senior citizen of Dornod Province, D.Puntsag, stated, “It’s my very first time visiting the State Governmental Palace of Mongolia. I’m feeling delighted. Many scarce artifacts of historical significance are being displayed here. I hope there will be more artifacts when I visit this hall next time.” A tourist from the USA, Robert Longo, claimed “I’m very delighted to see the monument of Chinggis Khan so close. Though the local guides aren’t explaining artifacts in English, I can understand as the introduction and information about them is written in English. The White House of our country is open to the public too.”

People will be able to visit Government Palace and the hall from 9.30 to 17.00 o’clock everyday but Monday. The Chief of the State Ceremony Department, J.Sereejav, claimed, “The citizens are expressing their honour for the Chinggis Khan Monument and seeing the exhibits which symbolize Mongolian state history. They seemed to be very glad to be able to pray in front of the Nine White Banners.

Until the new year, museum artifacts will be changed every month. Also, finds and artifacts, stored at the Institute of Archaeology in the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, of Khitan and Hunnu Era will be displayed at the hall in late September.

Source: UB Post (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on September 11, 2012, 01:30:35 AM
Coin and banknote exhibition

On 21 August 2012 a new permanent coin exhibition opened in Danmarks Nationalbank's lobby (Copenhagen).

The exhibition is a beautiful and inviting set up of Danish coins produced from 1818 to 2012. It is a result of collaboration between the former director for the coin production Hans Denkov and the architect Teit Weylandt.

Banknotes have been displayed in the corridor between the lobby and the banking hall since the building was taken into use in 1976-1978. With the new exhibition it is possible for the public to see both coins and banknotes displayed in Danmarks Nationalbank.

The exhibition is open for the public during the opening hours of Danmarks Nationalbank Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Source: Danmark's Nationalbank (!OpenDocument)
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Post by: Coinsforever on September 11, 2012, 10:44:23 AM
Coin and banknote exhibition

On 21 August 2012 a new permanent coin exhibition opened in Danmarks Nationalbank's lobby (Copenhagen).

Simply awesome !

Displays are attractive.

Cheers ;D
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Post by: chrisild on September 11, 2012, 12:51:54 PM
Also see here: Several images on that page can be enlarged, by clicking on a photo ...

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Post by: Coinsforever on September 12, 2012, 02:38:36 AM
I'm adding few more  photos for posterity :

 Denmark National Bank's section of floor displaying coins & banknotes.







Cheers ;D
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Post by: Figleaf on October 16, 2012, 10:59:13 PM
Chola coins on display at city museum
September 18, 2012 By Raman Sankaran
(Raman is a Chennai-based numismatist).

Rajendra Chola I was the son of Raja Raja Chola I and one of the greatest rulers of the Tamil Chola dynasty of India. He succeeded his father in 1014 CE as the Chola emperor.

During his reign, he extended the influence of the already vast Chola empire up to the banks of the river Ganga in the north and across the ocean.

Rajendra’s territories extended to coastal Burma, Srivijaya (Sumatra, Java and Malay peninsula in southeast Asia) and Pegu islands. Burma and Indo-China were subordinate to the Cholas till Kulothunga I’s reign.

Rajendra defeated Mahipala, the Pala king of Bengal and Bihar, and to commemorate the victory, built a new capital called Gangaikonda Cholapuram.

He also built a Siva temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram, similar to the Thanjavur Brihadisvara temple.

He assumed titles like Parakesari and issued gold, silver and copper coins in the denomination of kazhinju, madai and kasu.

He used Tamil Grantham and Devanagari legends on his coins. He also issued many commemorative coins with his titles Yuddhamalla, Uthama Chola, Maturantakan, Mudikonda Cholan, Rajendraka and Gangai Konda Cholan, on special occasions.

Since the Cholas ruled for more than 275 years, starting from Raja Raja I to Kulthonga III (985 CE – 1256 CE), almost all Chola kings issued coins.

As a part of Chennai museum’s special exhibit this week, coins on display were issued by Rajendran Chola I with the title Gangaikonda Chola.

In the coin, both sides are similar; on top of the coin there is a parasol flanked by two flywhisks, in the centre, a bow, a seated tiger and two fish flanked by two lamps, and at the bottom Nagari legend ‘Gangaikonda Chola’.

Since Rajendra Chola I ruled from TN–Orissa, Nagari, the common language of that period, was used in the coins. The symbol above the Nagari script is also available in the seals of the copper plates.

These symbols may be the royal symbols of the Cholas. Regrettably, so far, no Chola coin has been found with complete Tamil legend.

Source: Deccan Chronicle (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - museums
Post by: Figleaf on October 17, 2012, 11:17:16 AM
Boston MFA treats coins as miniature works of art
Museum focuses on aesthetic quality of ancient coins and links to other art forms

By Helen Stoilas, 20 September 2012

Coins, it could be argued, are the smallest but most widespread form of art, found in almost everyone’s pocket. Later this month, the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, will become the first major US museum to open a gallery dedicated to ancient coins, placing an emphasis on them as miniature works of art.

“The MFA isn’t merely giving coins the same level of attention as vases, sculpture,” says Richard Grossman, the consulting curator for numismatics at the MFA, who is working on the installation of around 500 coins in the new galleries, which are due to open on 25 September. “What the MFA’s gallery shows is how ancient coins can be works of art in their own right, and how coinage is interconnected with artworks in other media and through time. To that end, the new gallery does more than display a selection of beautiful coins; it points to meaningful visual relationships between coins and other objects — vases, sculpture, metalwork, gems, and even works on paper.”

The MFA has one of the largest collections of Greek and Roman coins in the world, with around 7,500 pieces, that as well as being beautiful objects of sculptural quality, also document the cultural and political history of those ancient empires. Highlights including a Dekadrachm (Demareteion) of Syracuse with quadriga, about 465 BC, a Tetradrachm of Amphipolis with head of Apollo, 390-70 BC, and a Denarius with head of M. Junius Brutus, 43-42 BC, issued by Brutus after the assassination of Julius Caesar. “The idea to put together a coin gallery grew out of discussions about how we could make these treasures most accessible to the visiting public. What the MFA’s gallery tries to show is how ancient coins are works of art in miniature and also documents of Classical history and culture,” Grossman says.

The gallery installation is planned as a permanent display, and there will be iPads and a computer kiosk to allow visitors to examine the coins in further detail. “Coins are difficult to exhibit for a couple of reasons—in particular, their small size and two-sided format. Several cases in the gallery have movable magnifying glasses so that visitors can really see the details. Some cases are also supported by iPads, which will allow visitors to zoom in, to see both sides of the coin, and to learn a little more about the cultural context of the coins on display.” Grossman says. There are no plans for temporary or special exhibitions, but the gallery will include other works from the periods, including sculpture, ceramics, and metalwork.

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Post by: Bimat on November 11, 2012, 09:26:32 AM
Show me the money: Oman's museum shows the history of currency

Published November 11th, 2012 - 07:41 GMT via

Not many would know that about a thousand years ago, Larin, a hairpin-shaped silver currency from Iran, was used as a common currency for international trade between Iran, Turkey, Arabia, India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

One comes across many such interesting facts on the history of sultanate’s currency in the Central Bank of Oman (CBO) museum located in the bank's premises.

The 14 year old museum is a treasure trove in the true sense of the word, giving visitors an insight into the nation's trysts with various currencies before the rial came into circulation.

It has over 672 different currencies, including 564 metal coins of different shapes, sizes, colour and weight and 108 banknotes, each telling a story from the pages of history.

If some coins have inscriptions from the Holy Q'uran and the Hijri calendar, some have ports, forts, animals, sports, the ruler's image, Oman's springs, ancient wells, underground channels, souqs, houses, mosques and the education system on them.

All these were produced in mints using fire, hammers, tongs and a couple of men. Using these primeval tools, the men would produce around 400 coins a day, according to the museum's curator.

A visitor can also see Chinese coins and Indian rupees adorning the walls of the museum. The grey, pink and purple coloured notes are the Gulf rupee issued by the Government of India in 1959 for use in Oman and other Gulf countries.

The museum curator informs that a ten Gulf rupee note which looked similar to the one used in India “had higher exchange value during trade.”

The most important and rare exhibit is the silver dirham, struck in Oman in 81AH during the rule of Caliph Abd al Malik bin Marwan of the Umayyad dynasty.

It is the oldest coin minted in the Arabian peninsula and has the name Uman on it, which means it was minted in the sultanate, the curator says. There are only two such coins in the world.

The museum also houses all the commemorative coins issued till date on National Days, including the most expensive one – made of gold, weighing 1,300gm and worth RO22,000. There are only two such coins in existence.

Another commemorative gold coin depicts details of the Albu Said dynasty starting from 1744. Details of 14 generations of this dynasty and the period of its rule are inscribed on the coin that weighs around 598gm. Months of the 1997 calendar year have also been engraved on another such commemorative gold coin.

One also gets to know a lot about Saidi rial, the first united currency that came into circulation in the sultanate in May 1970 and how it came to be widely accepted.

The Saidi rial played an important role in making Oman a modern society after His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said took over as ruler. He ordered that all coins minted after 1971 should carry the name, 'Sultanate of Oman', embodying national unity.

The museum also exhibits gold, silver and bronze coins that have been issued on special occasions during the rule of His Majesty the Sultan.

They highlight various facets of the Omani culture and important national and international events. An information board in each hall of the museum helps visitors know details about different currencies with just the touch of a button.

The CBO is thinking of renovating the museum by the end of 2013 and there are plans to introduce more coins and interactive touch-screen information boards in line with famous museums across the world. Another coin will be added to the museum’s immense collection after the 42nd National Day this year.

Source: Albawaba (
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Post by: Coinsforever on December 11, 2012, 04:33:52 PM
SBP Museum


The rationale of the establishment of SBP Museum is to introduce first Money Museum of Pakistan. The Main objectives of the Museum are to (i) preserve our cultural heritage that exists in the form of the old SBP Building and the acquisitions we have made over time; (ii) provide an opportunity to the general public and especially the younger generation to learn about SBP's history, money and coins, monetary policy and its evolving role over time; (iii) encourage the development of artistic talent in
 the country, and (iv) establish a tradition of cultural exchange with other museums around the world.

SBP Museum consist of seven Galleries (1) History of State Bank of Pakistan (2) SBP Governors (3) Coins Gallery - I & II (4) Currency Gallery (5) Stamp Gallery (6) Currency Gallery (7) Art Gallery

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Post by: Figleaf on April 11, 2013, 11:00:20 AM
Heronsgate Reservoir Roman coin hoard handed to Three Rivers museum

Watford (UK), 10th April 2013 By Ben Endley

A collection of Roman coins minted almost 1,700 years ago have been handed to the Three Rivers museum after they were dug from the bottom of the Heronsgate Reservoir.

The ancient coins, as well as a number of clay pots, were uncovered by Affinity Water during the excavation of the reservoir. They were initially stored by the water company before the decision was made to hand them over.

Tim Monod, company secretary and director of legal and regulation at Affinity Water said: "Affinity Water is pleased to hand over the coins to the museum where they can be displayed and viewed by the public."

The coins were commissioned by Emperor Constantine in 330 AD to celebrate the founding of the new city of Constantinople (now Istanbul) on the ancient Greek city of Byzantium.

Robert Simpson who received the coins on behalf of the Three Rivers Museum said: "The collection is a great addition to the museum’s exhibits and demonstrates some ancient local history."

The artefacts are not expected to go on display in the museum until July.

Source: Watford Observer (
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Post by: Bimat on May 19, 2013, 07:32:49 AM
LD Museum to get new gallery for coins next month

TNN | May 19, 2013, 02.02 AM IST

AHMEDABAD: The city-based Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum is all set to get a new gallery - PT Munshaw Coin Gallery - from the next month consisting of more than 300 coins from the time span of 2,500 years. The museum officials held a preview of the collection to mark the World Museums' Day on Saturday. The gallery is slated to be inaugurated officially on June 6.

"Right from the punch-marked coins used in western parts of the country in 600 BC to British India's coins, the collection encompasses a huge geographic area and time period. The collection has coins having origins in cultures such as Roman, Indo-Greek, Kshatrapa, Kushana, Indo-Scythian, Gupta, Gujarat Sultanate and Mughal. Every coin tells a story of that time period, culture and religious beliefs. It also provides an idea of the progress made by a civilization in metallurgy," said LD Museum director Prof Ratan Parimoo.

The museum also held a talk on the subject 'Collection of Coins and its Management' where address was delivered by Prof Ramji Savaliya, director of BJ Institute of Learning. Savaliya elaborated on the history of coinage in Gujarat and stated that the researchers are yet to find the minted coins during Solanki dynasty, considered to be the most illustrious period of the state history. "There have been some coin finds, but its authenticity is yet to be checked," he said.

Source: Times of India (
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Post by: Figleaf on June 17, 2013, 12:31:41 PM
100 old coins handed over to Currency Museum
June 13, 2013

Bangladesh Numismatic Collectors’ Society today handed over 100 coins of different eras to the Currency Museum of Bangladesh Bank, reports BSS.

Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman received the old coins from general secretary of Bangladesh Numismatic Collectors’ Society and retired deputy conservator of forests MA Kashem at a simple ceremony held at the central bank building in the city.

The historically significant deposited coins included 48 of the Alauddin Hossain Shah era, 29 of Nasiruddin Nusrat Shah, four of Shamsuddin Ilyas Shah, five of Sikandar Shah, three of Siasuddin Azam Shah, three of Rukunuddin Barbak Shah, two of Nasiruddin Mahmud, one of Mahmud Shah, one of Shahjahan, two of Badsha Alamgir (II), one of Islam Shah and one of the Shah Alam era.

Expressing his appreciation in people of the society who are coming forward to enrich the collections of the Currency Museum of the bank, Dr Atiur Rahman said those institutions and individuals who would handover old coins as presents to the museum would be gladly accepted and the presenters would be properly recognised.

Work on converting the currency museum of Bangladesh Bank as a full-fledged “Taka Jadughar” on a large sphere is now going on by setting it up on the premises of Bangladesh Bank Training Academy.

Efforts are already on to collect old coins and install digital signage, touch screens, LCD monitors etc to equip the “Taka Jadughar” into a modern, prosperous, state of the art, rich in information and technology-based museum.

Source: Dhaka Tribune (
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Post by: chrisild on July 26, 2013, 03:22:57 PM
Kraków: Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum

An important event for enthusiasts and numismatists alike, the exhibition also aims to augment the ranks of devotees to the field, particularly in view of the fact that plans for 2013 include the opening, after an interval of more than seventy years, of the Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum.

This museum in Kraków (Cracow, PL) is now open - it has the largest collection of Polish coins, and many other "coin related" objects such as 8,000 books. The man whose collection started all this, Emeryk Hutten-Czapski (, never saw the museum; he died in 1896 while the museum named after him opened in 1901.

The museum had to be closed in WW2, and in the post-war years the collection was not shown either. Maybe for political reasons; maybe cost issues influenced the decision too. A month ago the rebuilt Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum, which is a department of the Kraków National Musem (NMK), opened its doors again. Parts of the collection will, at a later stage, also be available online.

* About the Emeryk Hutten-Czapski Museum ( (en)
* The "European Centre of Polish Numismatics" Project ( (en)
* Important numismatic museum open again ( (Münzenwoche, de)

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Post by: Figleaf on September 20, 2013, 06:23:17 PM
Young Romanian gives museum largest silver coin treasure ever found in the country
September 6, 2013

A Romanian man who unearthed 47,000 15th century silver Turkish coins buried in a forest has donated his discovery, the largest find of its type in Romania and valued at EUR 500,000, to a museum.

Iulian Enache, 34, found the hidden treasure in the wilderness near the city of Ramnicu Valcea with the help of a metal detector he had recently bought.

The 54-kilo treasury, which was buried 30 centimeters in the ground, is worth some EUR 0.5 million at current market prices.

However Enache, who is passionate about archaeology, donated his discovery to the History Museum in Bucharest, without asking for anything in return.

The museum’s experts have confirmed the coins were issued in the 15th century by the Ottoman Empire.

Director of the History Museum Ernest Oberländer-Târnoveanu said the discovery was the largest silver treasury ever found in Romania.

“It is the biggest treasury recovered by a public institution in Romania, not only in the last 20 years, but in the last 100 years,” he said.

(photo source: The National History Museum on Facebook)

Source: Romania insider (
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Post by: Bimat on October 13, 2013, 07:10:43 AM
Taking count of ancient coins

By Dr. Kavan Ratnatunga

Coins started to be used for trade from around 500 BCE, and have been collected ever since.  The oldest coin collection in Sri Lanka is that of the Colombo National Museum. There are also smaller collections on display in many of the provincial museums run by the National Museums and the Archaeology Department. Many vihares also have displayed coins that have been gifted to them over many generations, like at Colombo’s Gangarama temple where there are coins, most often displayed in basins with no numismatic classification or information.

Coins are some of the oldest positively dateable items that can be collected. The public is allowed legally to own ancient coins, but any over a hundred years old are considered as antiques and cannot be exported.

Recently I had the opportunity to look at the coins confiscated by the Sri Lanka Customs Department- among them, coins less than 100 years old. Apparently, the whole collection is confiscated if any antiques are detected. There were also many obviously modern replicas. The Customs and even the Archaeology Department do not appear to have the competence to recognize them, or the genuine coins have mysteriously transformed to replicas over some years of storage.

Nearly all of the genuine coins at Customs are common ones – copper massa coins of six Lankan monarchs (1197-1284) and Dutch VOC Duits from 1726-1796. These are found in abundance, they can be purchased in bulk for about Rs. 100 each, and for slightly more when of higher grade. They are not important archaeologically and one wonders why Lanka should not allow them to go abroad, as they may prompt some tourists to come and visit the island of origin.

The Customs Department is now constructing a small museum of confiscated items, at their new headquarters in Colombo Fort. It is a pity that this Customs museum is not being set up at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake that would have been a far better venue to act as a deterrent to illegal export. If within the departure and transit area, it could also serve as an opportunity to educate passengers awaiting their flights of our culture and heritage.

The security of a collection is always a concern. Some of the most important and invaluable coins of the Colombo National Museum collection were stolen in the robbery on March 16, 2012. The rare Ada Kahavanu of which only five specimens are known is an irreplaceable loss.

Unfortunately, most large collections get sold at auction after the collector’s time. Dual custody of an insured loan and display in a public institution with ownership retained by the family may, ensure that a collection will remain together over the longer term.

The Archaeology Department documented a hoard of 1048 Silver punch mark coins which are about 2000 years old in the 1986 Sinhala book Has Ebu Kahapana by M. H. Sirisoma. Only 16 remain and over two kg of silver has gone missing after former Commissioner of Archaeology Sirisoma, passed away in 1992. Twenty years later the secure inventory control is still not in place.

Items in collections are not only lost but can also be damaged by incompetence. Most coins in the Museum collection have been glued to the display, ruining one side of a coin that is otherwise in mint condition. The same has been done at the Central Bank (CBSL) museum for banknotes, some worth many millions.

The CBSL had a nice little museum in Rajagiriya, with banknotes framed on the walls and coins arranged in table top cases. A few years ago, CBSL did a major renovation and more than doubled the floor area, but unfortunately now display less than half of the original collection.

Many local banks have, time and again put coins and currency on display. However, most of these museums have now been closed mainly due to the lack of funds or interest. The museums at the National Savings Bank and the Peoples Bank are examples. There is a small collection in the Hatton Nation Bank headquarters, which opened few years ago which is not well publicized.

The Bank of Ceylon (BoC) opened a museum in 1989 for their 50th Anniversary, which included a collection of coins and currency loaned by Fred Medis. Around 2002 this collection moved from Bristol Street to the 28th floor of the BoC Tower and since then can be seen only by prior arrangement.

A new and larger BoC museum is being planned to be opened in time for their 75th Anniversary in 2014 in active consultation with the Sri Lanka Numismatic Society (SLNS), and coordinated by a museologist. This will hopefully prevent the errors seen at other locations. BoC hopes to keep this museum open to the public, and have a small lecture hall and archival area to promote the study of numismatics. Located on the 28th floor of the BoC Tower, which also has an open balcony with a breathtaking view of the Colombo City and harbour, it will surely become a popular destination for both schoolchildren and tourists.

(The writer maintains an educational website on Lankan coins at , and is President of the SLNS.)

Source: Sunday Times (

Image Caption 1: Oldest coin with Sinhala text: No known specimen in Sri Lanka
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Post by: chrisild on October 13, 2013, 03:35:14 PM
More or less related to this topic ... well, I did not want to create a new one just for this post. :) Anyway, the current issue of Mint World Compendium is about The Future of Money Museums.
(English, PDF, ~13 MB)

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Post by: Bimat on November 16, 2013, 08:51:53 AM
Permanent euro coin exhibition opens in Brussels

07.11.2013 - ECFIN inaugurates a permanent euro coin exhibition in the Charlemagne building.

Over the past several years, citizens have read and heard a lot concerning the reform of EU economic governance as well as the strengthened framework for the euro as a common currency. Now, when in Brussels, they can also learn about the currency itself.

On 8 November, the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) inaugurated a permanent euro coin exhibition in the Charlemagne building.

Located in Brussels next to the Commission's headquarters in the Berlaymont building, the exhibition displays all regular and commemorative euro coins issued by euro area Member States since the first issuance of euro coins in 2002, together with all euro coins issued by third countries that have signed Monetary Agreements with the EU (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City).

This exhibition offers an interesting opportunity for visitors to the Commission to take a close look at various national designs of euro coins and the history of the euro.

Source: European Commission (
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Post by: Bimat on November 25, 2013, 06:28:47 AM
Security issue keeps artefacts out of sight at museum


Bhubaneswar, Nov. 24: Odisha State Museum is a treasure trove of rare and priceless coins, but security issues and lack of trained guides seem to have taken the sheen off it.

Despite a 12,882-strong collection — that was in circulation between 6th century BC and 6th century AD — the museum displays plaster-of-Paris replicas that, needless to say, fail to attract visitors. The original ones, which include a thousand gold coins, have been stashed away for security reasons, said an official.

Sources, however, said the original coins were gathering dust in iron chests inside a storeroom that was waiting to be converted into a strong room. “The museum authorities had requested the state government to construct a strong room to ensure fool-proof security, but nothing has been done so far,” a museum official told The Telegraph.

Though there are five security guards, only two of them are permanent. This is grossly inadequate for the 1.22 lakh-plus sqft building, which also lacks closed circuit television cameras. Further, due to absence of trained guides, who could have explained the importance and antiquity of the coins to visitors, the treasure has failed to attract due attention. Display boards meant to explain their significance are also too technical for lay visitors.

The repository boasts of 6th century BC silver punch-marked coins, the oldest in the collection, of different shapes and sizes and bearing various symbols such as moon, sun, tree, river, mountain and animal figures. However, they do not have any inscriptions. There are also some coins marking rulers of different dynasties of Odisha apart from the ones issued during the Mughal and British eras.

“Trained persons should be available at the numismatics gallery to explain the significance of the collection. But they have engaged Class-IV employees who know nothing about the coins,” said Sujata Rath, a teacher, who recently visited the museum.

The museum had collected gold coins from different historical sites in the past. They were found from Baripada and Balasore in north Odisha, and areas such as Jagamara, Khandagiri and Sisupalgarh in the state capital. A number of Kushan era coins were found in Puri district in 1895.

While the Sarabhapuriya coins made of gold belonging to rulers such as Mahendraditya, Kramaditya and Prasanna Matra of 6th to 7th century AD were discovered from undivided Kalahandi and Cuttack districts, Kalachuri coins (gold, silver and copper) of Kalachuri rulers (1st to 12th century AD) were found in Balangir, Sonepur and Ganjam districts. Similarly, Chakrakotta gold coins (10th-12th century AD) belonging to the Naga dynasty were found from different parts of the undivided Koraput district.

The famous Gandibedha coins of 6th-7th century AD, recovered from Gandibedha village near Bhadrak, were issued by a local king, Sri Nanda, whose name is inscribed on the coins. The beautiful coins of the Guptas with their fine execution of motifs, bearing a seated goddess Lakshmi are an attraction at the museum.

Indo-Scythian coins of the Saka rulers belonging to 200 BC are made of copper and silver. Besides Greek deities, these coins also introduced Abhisheka Lakshmi on their reverse side. Indo-Greek coins in the same period had given a new dimension to Indian coinage by putting the helmeted bust of their rulers on their faces. Most Indo-Greek coins used both Greek inscriptions and Prakrit language.

All these rare pieces are, however, out of bounds for visitors. Curators of the museum agreed that for such a rich collection, security has been a neglected area.

“I don’t know how they are keeping the coins, but they should have a proper strong room,” said K.K. Basa, anthropology professor at Utkal University and former director of Indian Museum in Calcutta.

Culture director and superintendent-in-charge of the museum Sushil Kumar Das said: “We are going to have a strong room soon as we have many rare artefacts. We will also take steps to ensure that the rare collection of coins attract more visitors”.

Source: Telegraph India (
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Post by: Bimat on December 06, 2013, 06:35:22 AM
Odisha: Coin Master Devi Prasad Mangaraj's coin museum to be inaugurated soon

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: Internationally acclaimed Coin Master Devi Prasad Mangaraj , who set up a first ever private coin museum in Odisha, will formally inaugurated in a glittering ceremony very soon.Devi is son of Dharashree Bindu and PK Mangaraj, studying at KIIT Deemed University constructed the museum in Satya Nagar area of the Temple City.

18 year-old coin master has more than 60 thousand antique coins from 150 different countries and hopes to enter the Guinness Book of World Records. My proposed museum will immensely provide benefit for School students, tourists as well as research scholars having fascination in numismatics.The museum will educate school children about history and rare coins of 12th and 13th century BC..Devi Prasad has collection of rare coins dated 1857.

He has also collection of some 40,000 coins, currency notes of some 130 countries. Earlier, the Dalai Lama, APJ Abdul Kalam, Manmohan Singh,Sonia Gandhi, Naveen Patnaik, JB Patnaik, MC Bhandare, Rameswar Thakur, Murli Manhor Joshi, expressed surprised after seeing coins dating back 18thand 19th century. His collection includes coins belonging to Australia, U.K, France, Japan and the U.S to name a few.

Major attractions of his collection include coins of the East India Company Dated between 1800 A.D to 1810 A.D, the pennies belongingto late 18th and early 19th centuries, Peso of the mid-nineteenth century. It also includes pressed coins of both stone and gold and earthen coins. I with imprints of Lords and animals—stated to over 800 years old. My museum would not be used for my personal gain but it would help thousands, who are keen interest in numerology. Apart from scholars and researchers, thousands of students like me would immensely benefit.

Source: Orissa Diary (
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Post by: Figleaf on December 17, 2013, 08:57:56 PM
Found on the net: a museum that houses a coin collection named after Lajos Huszar, author of THE catalogue of Hungarian coins.

Lajos Huszár coin and medallion collection / GYÖNGYÖK Huszár Lajos Éremtár
Grassalkovich Mansion, 10 Main Square / Fő tér 10
3200 Gyöngyös.

Tel: +36 37/313-881
Tel: +36 (20) 3208507
Fax: +36 (37) 313881

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9.00-18.00, Saturday: 9.00-13.00
Thursday, Sunday: closed. Entrance fee: 500 HUF

Description: The collection of coins and medallions tell us the thousand year history of Hungary starting with the coins of St. István and ending with the recent ones. It represents a very valid picture about the history and development of coinage in Europa.
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Post by: Bimat on December 18, 2013, 07:01:30 AM
Museum of Coins and Notes opens

By Wam
Published Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Central Bank of UAE on Tuesday inaugurated the Central Bank Museum of Coins and Notes at its head office in Abu Dhabi City.

Khalifa Mohamed Al Kindi, Chairman of the Central Bank Board of Directors, cut the ribbon in presence of members of the board, senior members of the senior management of the Central Bank in addition to chief executive officers of banks operating in UAE.

The museum was inaugurated to mark the occasion of the Central Banks's 40th Anniversary to give researchers, visitors, school and university students and individuals interested in this field, the opportunity to get to know the various stages of currency development in the region before the foundation of the United Arab Emirates, as well as to view the Central Bank's issues of currency notes, coins and commemorative coins.

The museum includes a part of the Central Bank's collections of currency notes, currency coins, commemorative coins, gifts and samples of issues of UAE currency notes and coins and currency of other countries, in addition to cash counting and sorting machines used by the Central Bank in the past.

A special section of the museum has been devoted to currency collectors wishing to display their collections of old coins.

To mark the same occasion, the Central Bank also issued a commemorative coin and said it will soon issue a documentary book in celebration of this occasion.

Source: Emirates 24/7 (
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Post by: Bimat on December 20, 2013, 04:41:15 AM
Israel Museum Buys 1,500-Year-Old Persian Coin Collection

Jewish Press News Briefs
Published: December 19th, 2013

The Israel Museum has bought more than 1,200 silver coins that were used in Persia in the 4th and 5th centuries and which includes several rare coins.

Referring to a rare silver artifact called the “first Jewish coin” because of the inscription of the word “Judea” in Aramaic, the museum’s chief curator of archaeology, Chaim Gitler, told the Times of Israel, “It’s the earliest coin from the province of Judea.”

The “Jewish coin” was reportedly found in the southern Hevron Hills, between Hevron and Be’er Sheva, and was bought by New York collector Jonathan Rosen, who agreed to donate his collection to the Israel Museum.

Source: Jewish Press (
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Post by: Bimat on March 30, 2014, 07:42:50 AM
A date with the glorious past

Updated: March 29, 2014 22:47 IST

Nizamabad museum traces the evolution of civilisation.

Although little known to people, the Nizamabad archaeological museum is one of the important museums in the State. Constructed in 1936 by VII Nizam as a Town Hall, this T-shaped heritage building was turned into a museum and thrown open to the public on October 24, 2001 during Indur Utsav celebrations.

It houses a number of artefacts and antiques representing the evolution of human civilisation right from Paleolithic to Vijayanagar times. The Museum is broadly divided into three sections namely archaeological, sculptural and bronze and decorative.

The archaeological section includes tools of Palaeolithic and late stone age (from 50,000 to 5000 BC), megalithic pottery and iron implements dating back to 1000 BC to 3rd Century BC, early historical cultural material of Satavahana times includes pottery, iron implements, beads, bangle pieces, terracotta and bricks.

Coins range from the punch to marked varieties (3rd century BC to British period). Gold coins of Vijayanagara period unearthed at Bodhan are on display. Chart showing evolution of Telugu script from 3rd Century BC to 16th Century AD is also preserved. A finely carved door jamb in red sand stone of Vijayanagar period is erected in front of museum.

Decorative section includes bronzes of Chalukyas to Vijayanagar times. Arms and armour including swords of different types, shields, chest plates, arrows belonging to Qutub Shahis and Asaf Jahis are on display. Zinc copper alloy of bidriware, shining silver, hukkahs, spittoons, flower vases, betel nut boxes are among the collection. Several kinds of weapons believed to be used by the Roman, Persian, Russian and Indian armies are also on display.

This museum located in the middle of the picturesque Tilak Garden is closed for repair works since three months. “As soon as we get permission we will start the works,” says K. Sudhakar, the museum in-charge.

Source: The Hindu (

Image Caption: Archaeological Museum in Nizamabad: Photo By K.V. RAMANA.
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Post by: malj1 on April 21, 2014, 03:27:27 AM
Central Bank of Montenegro on 11 April 2012. Opened Museum of money thus launching a long-term project aimed at preserving and maintaining the historic and cultural heritage in the field of numismatic value in Montenegro. more here (

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Post by: Figleaf on August 22, 2014, 06:08:56 PM
If anybody plans to visit the Monnaie de Paris mint museum in Paris in the next couple of months ... forget it. Currently it is closed for renovation, but while the original plan was to re-open the museum in late 2012 (, the website now says "mid 2013".

New deadline! The building (no word on the museum) is now to be open to the public (phase 1 only!) by end October 2014, which probably means something like somewhere between November 2014 and May 2015. Well, that makes Paris a candidate for a WoC meet in 2016. Have an impression here (

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Post by: chrisild on October 08, 2014, 01:37:23 PM
Apparently the Russian Money Museum ( in Moscow can now be visited too. It has had a website for a while, with some interesting stuff (including background info about minting technology for example), but I thought it was not open to visitors yet. Well, that has apparently changed, but the Russian and English versions of the Contact/Location/Opening Hours page are somewhat different ...


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Post by: Bimat on April 05, 2015, 07:57:53 AM
Lucknow museum to have modern coin gallery

Apr 05, 2015 - Amita Verma | Lucknow

The Lucknow Museum is now setting up a modernised coin gallery that will be in addition to its existing treasure of over 1.75 lakh antique coins, rupee notes and medals dating back from the 2nd Century BC to 1947.

The centrally air-conditioned gallery will have multimedia and touch screens, besides an audio guide system defining origin of the coins produced by different kings and dynasties.

The gallery will put on display Indian coins from the earliest bent bar, punch-marked ones to those of Indian states, British era and independent India.

According to Mr A.K. Pandey, director, Lucknow museum, efforts are being made to turn the coin section of Lucknow museum into the most interactive corner for visitors, especially school-going children so that along with its antiquity, rarity and variety, the museum also becomes a popular learning centre with a modernised format of display.

It will also have large well-lit transparencies and dioramas depicting/narrating the stories of the making and development of various Indian coins.

“Our aim is to show visitors how the Indian currency system developed from cowrie shells to coins and notes through an audio guide with interesting pictures and portraits of kings who introduced different coins,” Mr Pandey said.

He said such rare artefacts are of more relevance today as along with entertainment, the coins are an authentic and rich source of information for researchers and those studying various aspects of ancient, medieval and modern Indian history including political and economic changes.

Source: The Asian Age (
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Post by: Bimat on August 27, 2015, 04:41:07 PM
Oman’s Currency Trail

August 27, 2015 | 12:46 PM By T.A. AMEERUDHEEN

A huge painting of Oman Mint House welcomes visitors to the Oman Currency Museum at the sprawling Central Bank of Oman campus.

It shows various stages of coin production, where silversmiths smelt the metal, make coins, weigh them, and cart them to the Bait Al Mal, the state treasury.

“It is an imaginary piece of art on manual coin minting. The real exhibits here have been divided into three sections which will help you learn about the evolution of Omani currency and Oman’s history. Display cabinets are fitted with buttons and a screen. By pressing the appropriate buttons you can call up an image of the currency one wishes to view on the screen, together with details of its history,” says Ibrahim Ahmed Al Fadhli, curator at the Oman Currency Museum.

Coins that predated the Holy Mission of The Prophet (PBUH), and oldest coins minted in Macedonia, Greece, Rome, and India are the top exhibits in the category dedicated to the ‘Old, Islamic and Modern Currency’. But the surprise package here is the Byzantine Dinars and Sassanid Dirhams with Christian and Magian symbols. “Those coins were popular in Arabia as The Prophet (PBUH) allowed to use them,” says Ibrahim, who pursues his Masters degree in coins minted in Oman.

The currencies also give an insight into Oman’s global partners in trade and commerce. “Oman’s trade and economic relations with the rest of the world flourished after the ascension of the Al Busaid Dynasty. Commercial dealings were mostly done with Maria Teresa currency minted in Europe from pure silver. Traders also preferred currencies from other countries, including United States, Spain, Iran, India and East Africa,” says Ibrahim.

Legal tender notes of the Indian Empire, which were in circulation in Muscat and the Sultanate of Oman from 1927 to 1948, and Sultanate of Zanzibar and Pemba, are prominently displayed among the banknotes.

The museum gives due importance to the Omani currency, which was first issued on May 7, 1970 under the supervision of Muscat Currency Authority. “Those who visit the museum can see all the five issues of Omani currency and the changes they went through during the last five decades, including the name change from Rial Saidi to Rial Omani and the introduction of the Royal Signature of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said,” he says.

The commemorative section has plenty of priceless medals and coins made of gold, silver and bronze, with themes ranging from wildlife to natural beauty. “Many of these coins commemorate Omani and international events, such as the call for childcare and the anniversary of the United Nations Organisaton.

Coins were also issued during the National Days and special years, such as The Year of Agriculture, Industry, Youth and Heritage,” says Ibrahim. But the important medal of the lot is the one that marks the 250th Anniversary of the Rule of the Al Busaid Dynasty of Oman. The medal carries the names of all Oman Sultans, beginning with Sultan Ahmed bin Said to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

If seeing the collection wasn’t enough, coin collectors can also buy some of the commemorative coins, bank notes, and old circulation coins to take home.

Plan a visit

The Oman Currency Museum is inside the Central Bank of Oman campus. The facility is open from 9am to 1pm on weekdays. Visitors should carry valid identity cards (resident card, preferably) to gain entry. Big groups should take prior permission before visiting the museum. Entry is free for children while adults have to pay 250 baizas. Visitors can also watch a 10-minute movie on Oman’s monetary history in the lecture room.

Contact: +968-2477 7693.

Central Bank of Oman & Oman Currency Museum

The Central Bank of Oman (CBO), which began its operation on April 1, 1975, functions as an advisor to the Government in all economic affairs, especially monetary and financial matters, in addition to its established functions as the official bank of the government. It receives and accepts deposits as the ‘bank of the banks’ from commercial and specialised banks operating in the country and from foreign banks and international monetary institutions. It also provides credit to local banks, and handles issuance and control of the national currency.

The CBO launched the Oman Currency Museum on April 19, 1999 as a source of information for anyone who wanted to learn more about the monetary history of the Sultanate.

Source: Times of Oman (
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Post by: Figleaf on September 21, 2015, 12:20:18 PM
The money museum in Vilnius (Totorių gatvé 2 / 8, corner of Gedimino Prospekt,, is excellent for numismatic enthusiasts. The collection has several points off attention. There is a fascinating set of Lithuanian coins and banknotes that numismatists will enjoy for hours on end. It is superbly presented in movable, well lighted strips with explanations and labels in Lithuanian and English, with movable magnifiers. The collection of modern, shiny "coins", failed to excite me. It plays to the interest of the "invest and get rich quickly" crowd, which is not in the long term interest of real enthusiasts. The part devoted to the euro is aimed at Lithuanians and nevertheless good fun. I liked the silverware made with coins, but that is very personal. The part on coining technique was excellent, but really too small. The part on coins of other countries was unbalanced, too many modern coins and coins of big countries and too small to show an educational narrative. The thought is useful, but it should be executed in a larger place.

Some of the Chinese coins shown looked pretty suspicious to me. Lithuanian coins from older treasure troves were ghastly over-cleaned and need urgent curation. Fortunately, they were all concentrated in a few exhibits.

There is no documentation available in the museum. It has produced a very helpful catalogue of its coins of the grand duchy of Lithuania. This book is available in pdf format from the WoC bookshelf (,28876.msg184838.html#msg184838). Attached are assorted pictures from treasures in the museum:
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Post by: Figleaf on October 03, 2015, 09:51:58 AM
The palace of the grand dukes of Lithuania ( was destroyed by czarist troops and left to decay. What remained was covered by earth and planted with trees in communist times. On Lithuania's independence, the site was opened, extensive archeological work was done and the main building of the complex was rebuilt. The reconstruction has left parts of original walls and floors in sight. The archeological research discovered what was probably a mint in the complex.

The palace is now a museum and it is filling up with genuine artefacts and archeological discoveries on the palace grounds. Among the latter are some coins, some small hoards and a fascinating collection of minting tools, silent witnesses of better times.

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Post by: Figleaf on October 03, 2015, 10:05:32 AM
About 30 kilometers from Vilnius is Trakai castle ( Like many historic buildings in Lithuania, it was destroyed by invaders and reconstructed (in 15th century style) only recently. In communist times, the castle slowly became home to a jaw dropping collection of coin hoards. Unfortunately, the coins are badly over-cleaned, leaving the silvers gleaming and the coppers red. Nevertheless, the most important coin types in the history of the country are represented. There is also a large collection of silverware with coins incorporated in the castle.

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Post by: Bimat on October 30, 2015, 06:58:30 AM
The First Museum of Bangladesh

12:00 AM, October 30, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 30, 2015

Md Shahnawaz Khan Chandan

Photos: Anwar Ali

A century old single storey building, situated in the heart of the quaint Rajshahi city of Bangladesh, has been preserving some of the most precious artefacts of the world. Some of these are so rare, they can be found nowhere else on earth. The building is known as Varendra Research Museum. Established in 1910 by Prince Sharat Kumar Roy and two of his friends Akshay Kunar Maitreya and Ramprashad Chanda, it is considered to be the oldest museum of Bangladesh. The museum is currently maintained by Rajshahi University.

The museum boasts of a rich collection of 4100 ancient statues, 5000 very rare Puthis (ancient Bengali and Sanskrit manuscripts written on leaves or wood) and ancient documents, many of which have no other copy and are not translated yet.

There are six galleries in the museum. The first gallery is full of ancient inscriptions on stone in different languages. It showcases the largest Bengali stone inscription ever found. Written in ancient Bengali, the plaque, carved at the time of Laxman Sen, the last Bengali King, reveals the lifestyle of people of this land during 10th century.

The second gallery reveals the lost world of Indus civilisation, the first human civilisation of the Indian subcontinent. These 4000 years old pottery shards, statuettes, earthen and stone utensils were found in the ancient cities of Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa. These are the only artefacts of Indus civilisation exhibited in a Bangladeshi museum.

This museum is also famous for its amazing collection of ancient Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. The superbly carved stone sculptures Buddha and hundreds of Hindu deities not only highlight the craftsmanship of ancient Bengali artists, but also they reveal stories from the distant past. Pointing to three sculptures Muhammad Zakaria, deputy director of the museum says, “Look at these three statues of Buddha; here Buddha is seen wearing cloaks usually worn by the ancient Greeks and also his hairstyle and face pattern remind us of ancient Greek sculptures.”

“The explanation behind this mystery is that these statues are carved by the sculptors who learned the art of stone carving from the Greek artists who came to India with Alexander the Great during his campaign in 326 BC. These statues of Buddha are very rare,” adds Zakaria. 

Besides these, different kinds of weapons used by the medieval warriors, decorated tiles and mihrabs (prayer niche) from ruined ancient mosques, Persian records and manuscripts are showcased in the museum. The museum also has a rich collection of ancient coins which includes punch-marked coins from Ashoka's period (304-232 BC), gold coins of Sultanate and Mughal period etc.         

Despite of having such rich collection, Varendra Research Museum is a victim of sheer negligence and has always been excluded from the development budget. “The Government does not allot a single penny for the museum except the salary of the officials. We have a severe shortage of storage and maintenance facilities. We have 4100 statues, 5000 manuscripts and around 20,000 coins but we can display only 150 statues, around 50 manuscripts and several hundred coins,” says Dr Sultan Ahmed, director general of the museum.

“We have no equipment to preserve these precious artefacts. Currently we are preserving the manuscripts in wooden shelves which can be damaged anytime by changing temperature and termites,” he adds.

Thanks to the aid of around 1.5 crore Taka from the American Centre, the museum is currently undergoing some renovations but it is still very inadequate compared to the facilities it needs. Varendra Research Museum and its precious collections are our national treasures. If utilised in historical and archaeological research, the unexplored artefacts of this museum could rewrite the history of Bengal even the subcontinent.

Source: The Daily Star (
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Post by: Bimat on December 05, 2015, 12:34:06 PM
British Honduras memorabilia exhibit opens at Corozal House of Culture

Posted: Friday, December 4th, 2015. 2:29 PM CST

By Aaron Humes: Toronto’s James Lindsay, a frequent visitor to Belize and collector of Belizean memorabilia on the internet, has offered his private collection for public display in an exhibition opened this week at the Corozal House of Culture.

Lindsay has expressed the intention to donate his collection to the Belize Museum when it is finally built, and for part of the collection to be on permanent display in Corozal. The exhibition remains open until December 11.

Featured in the display are coins dating back to 1894 as well as Spanish coin stamped with the British seal for use as legal coin in the Belize Settlement before the first British Honduran/Belizean coins were made.

The exhibit recalls the Belizeans who fought for Britain in the World Wars, their legacy remembered in the names of streets in the Mesopotamia electoral division; the evolution of the press, as a Saturday Colonial Guardian newspaper front page had no news and only advertisements and a steamship schedule for imported goods from England and the U.S.; the Lindbergh landing at what is now BTL park; and photography and postcards displaying the development of our modern country.

Source: Breaking Belize News (
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Post by: malj1 on December 26, 2015, 10:09:19 PM
You don't need to be on holiday to view this musem:

A New Site Lets You Walk the British Museum From Your Couch

The world’s oldest national public museum is now the world’s largest indoor Google Street View.


Users can browse the permanent galleries of the British Museum the same way they might look for the precise location of a restaurant on Google Street View.
Image courtesy of Google
By Kristin Romey, National Geographic

PUBLISHED December 24, 2015

See more here
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Post by: malj1 on December 26, 2015, 10:24:00 PM
I got inside and found the place was deserted, I had a brief look and will return later.

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Post by: Bimat on March 07, 2016, 12:08:37 PM
Leading exhibition of rare, historic coins opens in Tbilisi, Georgia

7 MAR 2016 - 14:41:00

Rare and unique coins, some of which have never been seen before, are coming to Tbilisi for "one of the world’s best” exhibitions of historical coins.

Starting this Thursday the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia in capital Tbilisi will present up to 3,500 coins discovered in archaeological expeditions in what will be the museum's largest display yet.

The Numismatic Treasury exhibition will cover the history of how money moved on historical Georgian territory from the 6th Century BC to 1834.

The Georgian National Museum's preview for the event said the numismatic collection was "one of the world's best".

Some of the coins exhibited for the first time will include a historical local replica of gold stater of Alexander the Great, which dated between the 1st Century BC to 1st Century AD.

Other rare items on display for the first time will include silver and bronze icons from historical reigns of various Georgian monarchs.

The display will open on March 9 in front of invited guests including the Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia Mikheil Giorgadze, Georgian National Museum director David Lortkipanidze and exhibition curator Medea Sherozia.

The exhibition will then open its doors to the general public on March 10 and receive visitors permanently on usual museum opening hours.

Source: Agenda (


Among the items exhibited for the first time will be a historical local replica of gold stater of Alexander the Great, dated back to the 1st Century BC to 1st Century AD. Photo by the Georgian National Museum.


A denarius from the reign of the Roman Empire's founding Emperor Augustus, dated back to 27 BC to 14 AD. Photo by the Georgian National Museum.


A Georgian coin dated back to the 12th Century reign of King David Agmashenebeli. Photo by the Georgian National Museum.
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Post by: Figleaf on March 07, 2016, 12:53:27 PM
Superb coins. Glad to hear they do such an important exhibition. However, my agenda would be different from that of the Georgian government. They want to promote a national society (fine with me) and perhaps nationalism (not good, us versus them, we already have to much of that). I hope people will get interested in coins, or at least history and take their cultural inheritance seriously, rather than squander it on money.

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Post by: Bimat on March 08, 2016, 06:18:42 AM
I notice that the article (and thus, the images) has been removed by Agenda (the source). Fortunately, I have the back-up of images on photobucket (thanks to their mobile app). I shall amend my previous post later this week...Till then, bear with me. :)

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Post by: malj1 on March 08, 2016, 07:13:56 AM
The article and images are still in place. least I can still see them.
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Post by: Bimat on March 08, 2016, 07:16:20 AM
The article and images are still in place. ...for me at least.

Bingo! It's working for me too now!!! Good that's it's back, I'll still embed the pictures from my photobucket account later as a precaution.

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Post by: chrisild on April 26, 2016, 11:56:58 PM
A brand new "Money Museum" (Museu do Dinheiro) can now be visited in Lisbon. Here is the English version of its website:

Have not been to the museum yet (surprise ;) ) so I cannot tell how it is. But here is Banco de Portugal's press release:

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Post by: malj1 on April 27, 2016, 01:17:46 AM
I see its only been open for a few days.

I like this Explore 360º ( feature that they have borrowed from the British museums larger one.
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Post by: Figleaf on May 04, 2016, 07:58:59 AM
The National Library of Belgium in Brussels hosts a special exhibition ( of dies and punches for Belgian coins in its general reading room. The exhibits have been acquired with a collection of 6000 pieces the Royal Mint has passed on the Royal Coin Cabinet, which is part of the Library. The exhibition will run from 26th April to 10th September.

The transaction may be another sign that the Belgian mint is in its death throes.

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Post by: malj1 on May 08, 2016, 03:19:47 AM
Members of the Australian Numismatic Society had a special private visit to the Sydney Masonic Museum recently, I have received the report this morning.

I was particularly impressed with this rather special penny that opens to reveal a Masonic emblem.
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Post by: natko on January 04, 2017, 08:57:56 PM
Split Archeological Museum is a small one but has a pretty nice coin collection. Focused on the coins used in wider area of Split, since the Greek era, along with many examples of the rare locally minted coins since that time. Reportedly, they have 70000 coins in the archives but only the part is exhibited, with a representative example of a period, mint or ruler, mostly gold for the Romans. A drawback is that museum is over 100 years old and many coins were improperly cleaned in the 19th century, ruining the experience greatly. But, it can be a nice getaway from the summer sun if you're in the town more than a day. And only one of the three museums worth visiting anyway.

Here's a website (yeah, still from 1999, they're just as fast with returning coins that have been taken to imaging or whatever)  ::)
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Post by: Figleaf on January 28, 2017, 10:58:11 PM
The Currency Museum of the Bank of Japan houses the national currency collection.

Below are three postcards from the museum. The money tree (1863) is also pictured on a Japanese stamp. See here. (,8885.msg239655.html#msg239655) There is what looks like a package of Obans and a decorated gold bar on the other postcards.

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Post by: Figleaf on April 22, 2017, 02:54:42 PM
Here are some numismatic highlights of a recent (April 2017) trip to Uzbekistan.

Tashkent: The national bank for foreign economic activity (NBU) maintains the Art Gallery of Uzbekistan (, where you can find a full room with a mouth-watering collection of coins that circulated in what is now Uzbekistan. The exhibit is organised in tables, equipped with movable magnifying glasses, showing coins of successive periods in history, from earliest times on. In the centre is a table on current banknotes and coins. Lighting is magnificent, but labelling leaves much to be desired. There are more coins in NBU headquarters, but visits are by invitation only.

Samarqand: An impressive collection is in the private Regional Museum of Local Lore on 51, A.Jomiy Str. This museum is often neglected in official information and by tour operators, but it is well worth a visit.

Bukhara: The Ark ( has a concise collection of coins that pleases the eye of the advanced collector.

Khiva: Right next to the Khan's palace (Ark), a building has been devoted to minting activities in Khiva. Apart from a fine coin collection, there is a great fun style room, showing minters at work. The real mint is currently being excavated. The pictures show parts of the exposition: minters at work against the backdrop of a furnace with scales and adjustment tools; a die maker with a small anvil and a clamp; balance boxes, a small basin (for washing dies?) and die engraving tools. Three stylised coins used as wall decoration in the Khiva museum: a Greek Bactrian coin with Karoshti legend, a fantasy tamgha, possibly based on SK group 3, type 2 coins and a 2½ tenga 1337 struck in Khiva.

Kokhand: see here (

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Post by: chrisild on May 20, 2017, 12:02:31 AM
The Museum of the Italian Mint (IPZS) can be visited again. It used to be closed except for visitors with some professional interest, I think. But now anybody can visit the mint museum in Rome. You still cannot simply walk in but have to sign up (minimum two days ahead) but admission is free. The website currently lists the opening days and hours for the next three months (May/June/July) and provides some info about guided tours.

You can also have a look at the museum's collection here:

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Post by: chrisild on July 28, 2017, 04:36:57 PM
Sweden's national collection is in the Myntkabinettet ( in Stockholm, right across the royal palace.

The Royal Coin Cabinet is about to be closed for two years. The last chance to see the exhibits will be on 20 August, thus in about four weeks. The Cabinet will then move to the Swedish History Museum (, and open at that new site in spring 2019. See here:

Also, you may have read about the theft at the coin cabinet back in April. (Or rather the news from April about the thefts in the past 20 years.) Two of the objects that were stolen can now be seen here:

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Post by: Bimat on August 15, 2017, 02:37:06 PM
British Museum exhibition to showcase communist currencies

Museum will mark 100th anniversary of Russian Revolution, with posters, medals and banknotes carrying ‘glorious designs’.

Mark Brown, Arts correspondent
Monday 14 August 2017 07.00 BST

They are banknotes that show cheerful farm workers, enthusiastic soldiers and committed intellectuals as well as foundries, factories, fields, dams, lorries, railways and guns – and they are as aesthetically pleasing as any of the world’s currencies, a new exhibition hopes to show.

The British Museum is to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution by staging its first exhibition on communist currency.

There will be posters, medals, bonds, coins and banknotes that show bountiful agricultural productivity, major industrial progress and unmatched military prowess. “I think they are beautiful,” said the curator, Tom Hockenhull. “Especially compared to western notes of the same period, these are far nicer, far prettier.

“Even though the currencies were devalued and people were told they weren’t worth anything, the banknotes, in particular, carry some of the most glorious designs that have ever been committed to paper.”

Helped by money from the Art Fund, Hockenhull has been researching and acquiring communist currency to fill gaps in the museum’s extensive money collections.

Examples of notes on display will include a 1975 100-shilling note from Somalia, which shines light on what the state expected of women. (Everything.) It shows a woman holding a gun, a shovel and a baby. “It is saying to women you can do whatever you want, you can take on all these different roles, but you’ve still got to do all this,” said Hockenhull.

There will be a Yugoslavian banknote featuring the smiling, handsome epitome of a good, hardworking foundry worker, Arif Heralić.

Heralić was part of a group of workers photographed at their blast furnace workplace in Zenica in 1954. His face stood out and the heroic image of the father-of-11 was used on Yugoslavian banknotes for more than two decades. The true story of Heralić is rather less inspiring, in that he struggled with alcoholism and died penniless in 1971.

A 1980 50-yuan note from China shows the people leading the development of a modern China: a farmhand, an industrial worker and an intellectual.

The exhibition will explore how money worked under communism and its central conundrum. “Under communism, under Marxist theory, there should be no money,” said Hockenhull. “It is a social construct, it should not exist. But it is never abolished ... no state ever successfully eliminated it.”

No good Marxist would ever want a state with money but communist economies had it and the notes were so much more interesting than western ones. “It tends to follow – not always – that the most stable economies have the most boring notes, it is just the way it is,” said Hockenhull, pointing out that the US had not updated its dollar since 1962 and that it was not very different from the 1862 design.

“It is only when you have a different political agenda that you change things ... money had a different role under communism and therefore it had to look different.” A form of communism has been brought to about 20 countries around the world since 1917 and all had a currency.

Often the state’s contempt for its currency was overt. The British Museum display will include coins used in East Germany, made from aluminium and therefore absurdly light in weight to show how little value they were.

There will be a banknote from Cuba signed by the national bank president, Ernesto Guevara. He was so appalled at having to sign it he used his nickname, Che, as a way of signifying his contempt for money. “It was his two fingers to capitalism,” said Hockenhull.

Among the posters reproduced for the show will be a USSR advert for the state savings bank that avoids any mention of benefits, such as an interest rate, because the accounts were meant as a benefit to the state, not an individual.

A better way of rewarding people was with medals, which followed Stalin’s statement that the “Soviet people have mastered a new way of measuring the value of people … not in roubles, not in dollars [but] according to their heroic feats”.

One example in the show will be the Mother Heroine of the Soviet Union gold medal given to women who had 10 or more children.

Another will be an Order of Labour Glory medal issued by the USSR in Ukraine in 1985. Recipients of all three classes of the order also received a pension increase, priority on the state housing list, free public transport, a free annual pass to a sanatorium and one first-class round trip flight per year.

Hockenhull, the museum’s curator of modern currency, said it had proved a huge and rewarding subject to research. “It has been fascinating. I’m English – I grew up in a capitalist society. It has been a window into a completely different world and different way of looking at things.”

Source: The Guardian (
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Post by: Bimat on August 15, 2017, 02:39:28 PM
The above exhibition will open on October 19, 2017, till March 18, 2018. Opening times: Daily, 10am – 5.30pm (Fri until 8.30pm). Closed on 24 – 26 Dec and 1 Jan. No entry fees.

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Post by: Figleaf on August 15, 2017, 05:50:30 PM
Thank you, Bimat. I will be in London in that period and I'll make sure I have time to see it. If there is a catalogue. I'll buy it. Members of WoC can contact me if they also want a copy of the catalogue if there is one.

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Post by: Bimat on August 16, 2017, 06:15:46 AM
Lahore Museum reopens three galleries for public

By Mariam ShafqatPublished: August 15, 2017

LAHORE : The Lahore Museum reopened the Coins, Postage Stamps and Freedom Movement galleries, while also exhibiting commemorative coins of Pakistan from 1976 to date on Monday.

Lahore Museum Director Humayun Mazhar, while inaugurating the galleries, said renovation work was carried out under the supervision of additional director Noshaba Anjum. He said the galleries had been renovated so that visitors could properly educate themselves by experiencing a detailed history about the struggle and roles of various leaders to achieving an independent homeland.

The Coins Gallery depicted history from the 6th century BC onwards in a chronological sequence, he said. The museum administration allowed free entry to visitors, while brochures of the Pakistan Freedom Movement Gallery were also distributed to provide information about the creation of the nation.

According to the information provided by Lahore Museum, the Freedom Movement Gallery narrates, with the help of paintings, photographs and newspaper cuttings, the story of the struggle for freedom of the Muslims of India from 1757 to the creation of Pakistan in 1947.

The gallery depicts a photographic description of the life and struggle of Tipu Sultan, Sir Sayed Ahmed Khan, Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. At the entrance of the gallery is a large painting by Shahbaz Khan, showing Tipu Sultan of Mysore during his last battle against the Britain outside the gates of Seringapatam in 1799.

In the main hall of the gallery are displayed portraits of Sir Syed Ahmed khan, the social and educational reformer and moderniser of the Muslim community, Allama Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam, the founder of Pakistan and Maulvi Fazal-e-Haq who tabled the Pakistan Resolution in Lahore on March 23, 1940.

The last part of the gallery displays photographs with citations of heroes from the armed forces of Pakistan who won the Nishan-e-Haider, the highest military award of Pakistan. There is also a special section which is devoted to the life and achievements of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.

The coin collection, comprising 40,000 pieces, is one of the largest in the subcontinent. It includes the earliest examples of punch-marked coins issued in the 6th and 7th century BC during the time of the Achaemenian Empire.

This collection represents almost all the ruling families of the region like Graeco-Bactrian, Indo-Greek, Mauryan, Indo-Parthian, Kushan, Indo-Scythian, Huns, Hindu Shahia, Arabs, Ghaznavids, the Sultans, the Mughals, the Durranis, the Sikhs, the British and the modern coins of Pakistan.

Source: The Tribune (
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Post by: Bimat on October 18, 2017, 08:38:49 AM
The revolutionary design of communist currencies

Published 18th October 2017

Written by
Jacopo Prisco, CNN

The British Museum explores the history and design of communist banknotes in its latest exhibition, open this week. But the show's title, "The Currency of Communism," is -- in theory -- a contradiction in terms, according to curator Thomas Hockenhull.

"Under full communism, or Marxist theory, there should be no money," he said in a phone interview.

"It's a social construct, therefore it should not exist -- and yet we have the material evidence in front of us, currencies from all these countries that never succeed in eliminating money from their economies."

Since the October Revolution of 1917, more than 20 countries have adopted some form of communism -- so why did none of them abolish money?

"The answer is that it was too difficult: It's impossible to interact with capitalist states without some form of monetary exchange," said Hockenhull.

Instead of eliminating money altogether, which may have caused economic chaos, communist states pursued a different approach: "The currency was symbolically devalued, to give citizens an indication that they should not value monetary wealth, but other things such as social interaction and access to art and culture."

This move brought about a transformation. Stripped of value, money instead carried a message: "It became an organ of state propaganda, a visual representation of the state's aspirations, and easily the most circulated one," said Hockenhull.

While banknotes' designs  were heavy with classic socialist symbols such as workers, foundries and large infrastructure projects, more specific messages were relayed through posters and public ads, which also form part of the British Museum's exhibition.

One poster from the USSR shows a family gathered around a piano, along with the message that saving money "bit by bit" was the only way to buy an expensive item, as there was virtually no access to consumer credit at the time.

The iconography can be taken to comical extremes, such as a Somalian banknote -- designed to empower women -- which shows a woman holding a shovel, a gun and a baby simultaneously. But for Hockenhull, the items on display share one common trait: "The images on the notes are startlingly beautiful," he said.

"They're very aspirational, they show the kind of idealized state that the social government wanted to build."

The Currency of Communism is at London's British Museum from 19 October 2017 to 18 March 2018.

Source: CNN (

Image Caption: "Saving Bit by Bit, We'll (Be Able To) Buy," USSR, 1955. Credit: Courtesy The British Museum
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Post by: natko on October 20, 2017, 05:28:16 PM
Was it on exhibition in June as well, now again? Well made exhibition but utterly boring topic. Nothing revolutionary, nothing nice, just dull one colored currencies with all the same motives. Although British somehow are indeed fascinated with certain aspects of communism, like mentioned brainwashing messages, or brutalist architecture which I find the ugliest possible piece of whatever, especially for the monuments and important landmarks (many examples of fine neogothic/neoclasiccist libraries, theaters, halls etc. destroyed to be made just into a block of concrete). I guess it's funny if it's the only building in the country ugly like that. But communist/socialist apartment blocks are far from being exclusive to central and eastern Europe only, where they are stereotyped and assumed.
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Post by: Figleaf on October 20, 2017, 05:36:30 PM
See reply #179. The exhibition just opened. I'll be in London next and week and I 'll try to go to the BM, though it seems at this moment that I may not have the time. I will try hard to visit Bletchley Park (, where one of my heroes, Alan Turing, worked. If the BM visit works, Bletchley Park will be the perfect antidote. ;)

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Post by: malj1 on October 20, 2017, 11:39:58 PM
Before you go to London next week have a look round the British Museum from your armchair (
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Post by: malj1 on October 20, 2017, 11:54:00 PM
You can also have a look round the Rijksmuseum ( in Amsterdam but they haven't added much to the site yet.

I visited here many years ago.

Look for links to other museums (Collections) on the British museum site above.
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Post by: chrisild on November 22, 2017, 06:03:04 PM
The Frankfurter Allgemeine (a leading German daily) just had an article about the new Mint Museum in Paris. "Spectacular", "worth a visit" etc. :)

At the beginning of the article (in German) (, the author says that the British did everything wrong. With regard to the old mint building in the capital, that is. Both the Mint in London and the Monnaie in Paris were built roughly at the same time, in both cases the coin production was moved to a facility "far away" in the 1970s ...

The French, on the other hand, did everything right. (Again according to the article.) Which means that the old mint building still "breathes" the spirit of coins - with a numismatic museum, plus the administration and the design department which continue to be in Paris. Plus, it is now more open than in the years when Hôtel de la Monnaie was actually a production site.

The 11 Conti Museum (, named after the address of the building in Quai de Conti, is now open. Parts of the surrounding area, such as new connections for pedestrians, are still in the works. Some more info in French about the new mint museum is here ( for example.

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Post by: Figleaf on November 22, 2017, 07:32:40 PM
Thank you, Christian. The link in the first post now points here. It is a bit bittersweet for me; I would have liked to guide the WoC members visiting Paris in 2016 there. The best I could do was to offer them a french TV documentary that showed the building's innards. However, it's very high on my list of things to do now.

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Post by: quaziright on January 04, 2018, 07:04:46 PM
Has anyone been to the shop at the currency museum in Colombo. I’m in the city for tomorrow and was wondering if anyone has already been there and if it’s worth making my way there?
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Post by: Figleaf on January 12, 2018, 06:37:03 PM
Haven't been there. I suggest you contact our member lakdiva (;u=9945).

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Post by: Bimat on January 18, 2018, 03:41:09 PM
Japan’s Currency Museum traces history of money

By Yusuke Sano Japan News/Yomiuri January 18, 2018 Updated January 18, 2018 12:05am

TOKYO >> The Bank of Japan’s Currency Museum in Tokyo mainly exhibits currencies that have been circulated in Japan, including fuhonsen coins said to be the first ever used in the country, toraisen coins imported from China during the medieval period, and oban and koban (large and small gold coins).

The free museum provides an interesting focus on an overlooked piece of daily life. The museum demonstrates that money is a complicated system that has been created through trial and error.

The museum is run by the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan. It opened in 1985 in commemoration of the bank’s 100th anniversary. The museum exhibits about 3,000 items, including currencies and banknotes.

After entering the museum, visitors will encounter a glittering display of gold coins produced during the Edo period (1603-1867), such as keicho oban, genroku oban and kyoho oban coins. The oval coins, which were often given as gifts, are about 6 inches long and 3.5 inches wide, weighing 5.8 ounces.

Each coin bears a seal inscribed in Indian ink — the signature of the Goto family, who produced the coins. As oban coins without the seal were of lesser value, the seal would be rewritten when the ink faded. The coins’ value was guaranteed by the Goto family and the Edo shogunate, which commissioned their production, and the coins were circulated based on such guarantees.

As gold and silver coins were in short supply during the Edo period, han (domains) across the country issued their own bills. Up through the early Meiji era (1868-1912), more than 200 kinds of han bills were issued, mainly in western Japan. The creditworthiness of a domain determined the value of its bills.

In 1871, the Meiji government established a new currency law and changed the currency unit from ryo to yen. At the time, a one-ryo bill issued by the Shinano Matsushiro domain (Nagano Prefecture) was converted into 0.889 yen, while a one-ryo bill issued by the Satsuma Kagoshima domain (Kagoshima Prefecture) was converted into 0.322 yen. To finance battles during the Meiji Restoration, the Satsuma domain issued so many bills that their actual value was less than the face value.

The museum also features foreign currencies that suffered extreme losses in credibility. After Germany’s defeat in World War I, the country’s Ruhr industrial district was occupied by foreign troops. Germany subsequently experienced rampant inflation, leading to a collapse in the value of the German mark in 1923. The denomination of banknotes increased rapidly, with 100 trillion mark notes entering circulation.

A conspicuously large stone is displayed near a staircase in the museum. The stone is a form of money called rai, which was used on the Micronesian island of Yap.

Rai were used for land and other transactions but were never physically moved; even units that had sunk to the ocean floor were used. Transactions involving the stone money were not recorded. The sense of trust between the seller and buyer is said to have guaranteed the currency’s value.

Source: Star Advertiser (
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Post by: Bimat on January 24, 2018, 03:55:23 PM
Vast selection of coins and medals on display to public for first time

Wednesday, 24 January 2018, 14:49

The National Numismatic Collection, consisting of more than 16,000 coins and medals, is the largest and most diverse found on the island. Heritage Malta’s visitors can view a vast selection of these coins at the National Numismatic Exhibition at the National Museum of Archaeology.

“This valuable collection shows us and reminds us of our country’s eventful and rich past, especially due to its strategic position”, said Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government Owen Bonnici. “It is therefore a good thing that such a collection is accessible to everyone.”

This collection is continuously being increased with acquisitions and donations. The exhibition is divided periodically and includes the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Medieval millennium, the Order of St John, the French, and the British. Another section includes medals, dies, proofs and accessories, while the minting process is also explained through audiovisual means.

Heritage Malta’s Chairperson Dr Joe Buttigieg said that, “We should also think of those who have contributed to this collection. I have to mention the considerable donation of Prof Salvatore Lugi Pisani in 1899 and Dr Tancred Gouder as well, an ex-archaeology curator and director of the Museum Department who had this collection at heart and made sure to exhibit and increase it through the years.” There was a need for this exhibition to be permanently on show, and it is now accessible to the general public regularly for the first time, as before this exhibition was only accessible via appointment.

Coins started being struck around 650 BC. They provide physical evidence not only of monetary values, but also of other information such as the political import of different periods. Until 1972, Malta mainly used coinage of the various foreign powers occupying the islands. In that year, Malta issued its own currency for the first time. Heritage Malta also displays a number of coins in other museums such as the Domus Romana, the Archaeology Museum in Gozo, and Fort St Elmo. A selection from this collection will eventually be on show in the Grand Master’s Palace as part of the major project of rehabilitation co-financed by the European Union.

Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018 was also present for the launch of this exhibition.

The opening hours of the National Museum of Archaeology are from 9.00hrs to17.00hrs until February, and from 9.00hrs to 18.00hrs from March until December. For more information visit

Source: Independent (
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Post by: Bimat on February 25, 2018, 07:35:37 AM
National Hellenic Museum to showcase impressive Ancient Greek Coins
24.02.2018 | 15:09

A new exhibition at the National Hellenic Museum which will open March 4, will feature the story of coins from early use in ancient Greece to modern times.

Titled “Change: The Story of Coins”, the exhibition will include an interactive display which will showcase how coins are important financial, cultural and political tools.

Visitors will witness the many ways in which Hellenic culture influenced the use, production and design of coins. Themes of mythology, trade of goods, power, imagery and value will be examined across this hands-on exhibit.

“Coins are some of our best records of political, social and economic change. The coins in this exhibition demonstrate the vast reach of the Hellenic world in antiquity,” noted Katherine Kelaidis, Ph.D., Resident Scholar of the National Hellenic Museum.

The exhibition will include 29 coins, which date from the Hellenistic Period to the early Roman period (336 BCE-55 CE). Accompanying these coins will be a section focusing on Alexander the Great’s impact on the spread Hellenism.

“These coins represent a key moment in world history — the period in which Greek customs spread out of the Eastern Mediterranean and become the shared culture of educated people,” Kelaidis added.

The National Hellenic Museum will celebrate the opening of the exhibition with a reception, 2-4 p.m.on March 4th and the show will be on view through February 2019.

Source: Tornos News (
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Post by: Bimat on May 03, 2018, 05:29:16 PM
Paper bills, coins, and money through the ages

Sara Vernekar
MAY 02, 2018 23:41 IST
UPDATED: MAY 02, 2018 23:41 IST

Mumbai: Did you know that newly independent India saved ₹44 lakh by reducing the size of currency notes? It’s an interesting factoid that you learn at when you visit one of the city’s lesser-known museums: the RBI Monetary Museum in Fort.

A ten-minute walk from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus will take those walking in the right direction to the museum. Perhaps lesser known compared to the grand institution it is affiliated with, the RBI museum opened its doors in 2004, giving a friendly leg-up to Mumbaikars and tourists who want to know more about the incredibly complex history of money in India.

The museum’s exhibits are laid out in six easy-to-navigate sections with helpful yellow arrows on the floor to guide visitors along. Meticulously chronicled on the wall are coins from historical trials and tribulations most of us have only read about in history textbooks: Muhammad bin Tughluq’s attempt to introduce brass and copper tokens in place of silver coins, only to be recalled due to mass forgeries, or Sher Shah Suri’s standardised silver coins that went on to be known as rupees. The museum’s collection of coins numbers over a thousand, starting from 500 B.C. to the present day. Walking around the space, one can’t help but be impressed by man’s ingenuity reflected in all the shapes, money has taken over the years: bracelet money from South East Asia, boat money from China, and porcelain gaming token money from Thailand, all of which make up only a small part of the exhibits.

Coins and history

By laying out the coinage against the backdrop of a timeline, the museum succeeds in showcasing how the coins from each era indicate what the people of that era valued most. One learns, for example, that the coins from the Gupta era were minted to mark the achievements of the rulers.

Look out for the ‘Hundi exhibit’ in section four, which displays the bills of exchange used in the informal financial system at the time. Be warned that younger visitors may start feeling an overload of information at this point.

Luckily, the museum has a kiosk where children – or anyone who likes computer games – can play games that attempt to put an interesting spin on learning about money. However, the endeavour is hampered by tilted screen, making it just above eye level for anyone of average height.

The final two sections of the museum showcase contemporary money and the role of the RBI as sole issuer of Indian currency.

The last section unfortunately is like a textbook, with the functions of the RBI and information on the government’s financial instruments solemnly bidding you farewell on your way out.

The show is on at RBI Monetary Museum, Amar Building, Sir P.M. Road, Fort, 10.45 a.m. to 5.15 p.m, Tuesdays to Sundays. It is closed on Mondays .

Source: The Hindu (
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Post by: lakdiva on February 15, 2019, 01:54:40 PM
The Museum itself is in a nice old building. The Shop sells modern NCLT commemorative coins
some coin packs and currency notes in folders.
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Post by: quaziright on February 15, 2019, 02:57:53 PM
Thanks, I indeed visited it and strolled through the museum too. The shop is really a desk in the corner and the guy showed me a list of available coins. Once I picked them, he simply headed to the steel cupboards and took them out for me. Far cry from the RCM boutique in Ottawa, but I was the only one there and so I felt like I got a VIP treatment. One thing to keep in mind is that only cash is accepted over there.
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Post by: chrisild on June 11, 2019, 11:30:53 PM
The "Goldkammer" Museum in Frankfurt

Frankfurt (Hesse, Germany) has a new museum - dedicated to gold. Its exhibition shows gold sculptures from the Bronze Age, ancient jewellery and religious objects from all over the world. But the museum also shows the Rothschild Collection of about 300 gold bars.

Here is a CoinsWeekly article ( (English) about the place, with some nice photos. And this is the museum website ( (German). For individual visitors the museum is open daily (except Mon) 11-17 h.

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Post by: Figleaf on July 20, 2019, 08:41:42 AM
Nobel prize of Halldór Laxness on display in the numismatic collection in the Central Bank

Reykjavik, 13-06-2019

The exhibition will display items relating to Nobel laureate Halldór Kiljan Laxness, which have been entrusted to the Bank for conservation. Among them are the Nobel Prize diploma, the Nobel medal, and a cheque from the Nobel adjudication committee, all received by Laxness in 1955; honorary documents relating to Laxness; and several of his works. Among these is the first edition of his first novel, Child of Nature, which was published 100 years ago. A gold bar of the type held in the Bank’s gold reserves will also be on display and guests will have the chance to handle the bar of gold and guess its value. At the Central Bank and National Museum of Iceland numismatic collection (, guests can see Icelandic banknotes and coin. A selection of paintings owned by the Bank will be on display in a conference room on the 1st floor.

Source: Central Bank news (
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Post by: Figleaf on February 21, 2020, 03:20:20 PM
Take a guided tour of new Gold Collection

Nicosia, February 17, 2020, by Eleni Philippou

The AG Leventis Gallery has a new permanent exhibition and it wants to share with a free guided tour of the new collection of gold coins with the curators Lefki Michaelidou and Eleni Zapiti on Wednesday February 19, 2020. 6.30pm-7.30pm. The tour is free to attend. Booking is essential.

The two curators will guide visitors through the 605 gold coins and commemorative gold medals that make up the new collection. These include coins of great empires with international trade, power and reputation, coins with remarkable iconography and commemorative coins, all considered landmarks in the history of world coinage.

If after the guided visit there’s more you want to know about the collection, the gallery’s next Wednesday Lecture will be on The Gold Coin Collection, starting exactly as the tour finishes. Titled The Commemorative coins and medals of the Gold Collection, the lecture will present the history of rare commemorative coins, again by the curators of the collection.

At the lecture, details will be given of the coins dating from ancient times, 362BC to the mid-20th century, and that the collection was developed by Anastasios G. Leventis from the early 1960s to 1976 while he was living in Paris. It is now presented to the public in its entirety for the first time.

Tel: 22-668838

Source: Cyprus Mail (
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Post by: chrisild on March 31, 2021, 12:37:31 AM
While some museums are open these days, others cannot be visited – but the current situation accelerates the "trend" towards digitalization. :)  If you cannot come to the exhibits, be it because of a pandemic or because a place is difficult or expensive to reach, they may come your way ... at least to a screen near you. One of the latest examples is the Louvre in Paris.

The Collection Database ( of the Musée du Louvre and the attached Musée Eugène Delacroix is now available online, with texts in French and English. About 482,000 objects are on display, with more added regularly. Try it out!