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Münzkabinett (Numismatic Collections)
Berlin’s Münzkabinett (Numismatic Collections) ranks among the largest numismatic collections, with some 500,000 pieces. The ensemble owes its international renown to the diversity and comprehensiveness of the coin series it houses. The objects span from the early stages of coinage in the 7th Century BC in Asia Minor to the 21st-century medals and coins. The Numismatic Collection re-opened in 2004, after six years of restoration, following the centenary of the Bode Museum .The Bode-Museum was officially re-inaugurated in 2006. The permanent display at the Pergamon Museum consists of some 2,000 exhibits of ancient coins. A selection of coins is also shown at the Altes Museum, as well as in the Museum of Pre- and Early History.
The Münzkabinett stems from the collection of the Electors of Brandenburg. In 1649, the collection already had some 5,000 items, and in 1830 the numismatic ensembles moved to their own site at the Altes Museum. In 1868, the vast ensembles were granted museum status, and by the end of the German Empire in 1918 the gathered coins had significantly increased as a result of numerous acquisitions from private collections. Later, the collection was relocated to Kaiser Friedrich Museum, which was renamed Bode Museum in 1956. The museum’s rooms on the lower floor, overlooking Kupfergraben, were specially designed to house the Numismatic Collection.

The Numismatic Collection survived World War II in the air-raid shelter of the Pergamon Museum. From there, the ensembles were taken to the Soviet Union and restored to their original location in 1957. As the Collection was situated in the eastern part of Berlin, it belonged to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). In the 1990s, the reconstruction of the Bode Museum began, and basic restoration took place in 2000. The Numismatic Collection re-opened in 2004 as the first of the collections of Bode Museum. Until Bode Museum re-opened two years later, only the study room of the Numismatic Collection was accessible to the public. The collection was meanwhile presented in a permanent display of some 2,000 first-class pieces of ancient coins at the Pergamon Museum.

The Numismatic Collection has acquired its status primarily through the comprehensiveness of the displayed objects and significant number of extremely rare items. The coins’ motifs are highly varied and some of the depicted themes reappear throughout the centuries. The recurrent images include religious or mythological themes, sometimes blended with Christian beliefs, and also feature coats of arms, floral and animal motives, buildings and famous personalities.

The museum’s most significant holdings include some 102,000 Greek coins and 50,000 pieces from ancient Rome, as well as 160,000 European coins from the Middle Ages to modern times and 35,000 Oriental-Islamic coins. The site also features 25,000 examples of medals, beginning from AD 1400. The ensembles also feature paper currency, Medieval seals and examples of different forms of money. In addition, the site displays a vast collection of casts, more than 15,000 minting tools, and over 10,000 dies with which coins were struck in the city beginning from the 17th Century.
Name: Münzkabinett (Numismatic Collections)
Phone: +49 30 20 90 57 01
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