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Staatliche Münzsammlung München

Access to the Museum through the Chapel Yard of the Residence

Bavarian commemorative talers

Engraved gems and cameos from antique to modern times

Duke Albrecht V, founder of the Coin Collection. Medal by Hans Aesslinger, 1558

Athens, tetradrachm, ca. 420 BC

Nasrids of Granada, Sultan Yusuf I (1333–1354), 2 dinar

Stefan George. Medal by Hans Schwegerle, 1930

The largest numismatic library in Germany is open for public use

  • Art
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Contact

Residenzstraße 1
80333 München

089/227221
http://www.staatliche-muenzsammlung.de
info@staatliche-muenzsammlung.de

Gallery Hours

Di.-So. 10.00-17.00
not accessible

The National Numismatic Collection offers an overview of the history of money from all time periods and countries and displays coins, medals, early paper money, priceless gems and cameos as well as numismatic furniture. The oldest coins come from Asia Minor and are approximately 2,600 years old. Valuable ancient holdings come from Greek Sicily and the Roman Empire. The medieval coins feature German brakteats and the Italian coins, but other countries are also represented. This enables the visitor to follow the changing history of the Iberian Peninsula using the early Islamic coins and the later specimens of the Christian kings. For modern times the coins of Bavaria, Franconia, and the southern German imperial cities as well as the Diocese Salzburg comprise the bulk of the exhibit. A separate room houses the medals issued since the 15th century in Italy and since 1500 in Germany. Masters like Pisanello and Dürer participated in this trade which attracted artists as well as inventors of pictures (engravings).     
The special exhibits at the National Numismatic Collection are devoted to changing topics. The spectrum ranges from the Persian culture to that of the Celtic tribes, Emperor Constantine, and into the modern art of medals.

The National Numismatic Collection of Munich belongs to the oldest and most important collections of its kind in Europe. Its beginnings reach back from Renaissance times to Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria. Duke Albrecht collected the coins in a building for artistic purposes established by him in 1563 close to the city Residence. There he had experts categorize and analyze the extensive collections. In the 17th and 18th centuries the coins were transferred to the Residence. Extremely expensive ivory cabinets with Japanese finish provided the suitable setting for the coins and medals. This served the noble society and scholars as an authentic source for the development of a comprehensive historical and cultural understanding. In the late 18th century the numismatic holdings were moved to the former Academy building near St. Michael’s Church. These then reached enormous proportions with the inheritance of the Palatinate Cabinets, the Secularization, the acquisition of archaeological findings and the purchase of important antique collections. In 1963 the Museum again found its home in the Munich Residence. The entrance is at the southern lion gate, then through the chapel yard. The exhibit is located in the first upper level. A public library serves interested visitors in the single-column hall on the ground floor.

Staatliche Münzsammlung München
Die silberne Stadt. Rom im Spiegel seiner Medaillen
26.07.2019 - 03.05.2020

Seit Beginn der Neuzeit wurde Rom, das Zentrum der päpstlichen Macht, auf Medaillen fortwährend verbildlicht. Anfänglich orientierte die Bildsprache sich an der Überlieferung römischer Bauten auf antiken Münzen. Bald aber erfanden die im Auftrag der Päpste tätigen Medailleure neue Bildkonzepte und entwickelten eine Vielfalt, die alles Vorangegangene übertraf und in Europa ohne Vergleich blieb. Oft fanden neu errichtete Gebäude wie Kirchen und Paläste aber auch für das städtische Leben bedeutsame Anlagen wie Brücken, Plätze, Brunnen und die unter Sixtus V. angelegten Straßenachsen auf den Medaillen Platz. Selbst Orte außerhalb der Stadt, darunter die päpstlichen Landsitze oder der Hafen in Civitavecchia, wurden dargestellt. Die Verbreitung der Schaumünzen spielte für das Bekanntwerden der Stadt im Vergleich mit anderen Bildmedien eine kaum zu überschätzende Rolle. Die Medaille war an der Begründung des Ruhmes der Ewigen Stadt maßgeblich beteiligt. Da kunstvolle Medaillen als Ausweis der guten Herrschaft eines Fürsten galten, griffen verschiedene Landesherren dieses prestigeträchtige Bildmedium auf und es kam zu unterschiedlichen Formen des Städtelobs.

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