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A Compendium Of Numismatic Displays In Museums Around The World (Evergreen)

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I have really enjoyed @ultrarant's excellent thread describing the locations of LCSs around the world http://goccf.com/t/261670&whichpage=1). While I certainly don't travel as extensively as he does, I appreciate this resource when I do happen to find myself in a foreign locale. I have a similar vision for this thread, except that my focus (and hopefully others who will also contribute) is to provide a similar numismatic lens for museums in the US and around the world.

I'm not looking to photodocument every single display with any coins in it, but rather to give our members who are potential museum-goers a taste of what he or she can anticipate. On the other hand, I do like the idea of including a few pics despite the difficulty of taking good photos through display cases. Also, I note that photography (especially flash photography) is not permitted at some museums, so ask a docent before you whip out that SLR or iPhone.

Over the next few days, I'll upload information from a few museums for which I have already acquired some of this information. Please feel free to add your own pics and descriptions so that this thread remains evergreen. As I visit more museums, I'll add information on those as well.

I should mention that I am planning to stand on the shoulders of the numerous prior CCF members who have already posted about their museum experiences. Here is an incomplete list of those:

1. Smithsonian National Museum of American History (Washington DC): http://goccf.com/t/236917
2. Denver Mint (Colorado): http://goccf.com/t/264562
3. The ANA Money Museum (Colorado): http://goccf.com/t/247251; http://goccf.com/t/110898
4. Nevada State Museum: http://goccf.com/t/232334
5. Bank of Montreal Museum (Canada): http://goccf.com/t/155267
6. Capitoline Museum (Rome, Italy): http://goccf.com/t/271267
7. Kunst Historisches Museum (Vienna, Austria): http://goccf.com/t/253026
8. Museum of London (England): http://goccf.com/t/151011
9. Kongsberg Mint Museum (Norway): http://goccf.com/t/107285
10. Cultural History Museum (Oslo, Norway): http://goccf.com/t/105870
11. Money Museum (Lithuania): http://goccf.com/t/299175
12. Israel Museum (Jerusalem): http://goccf.com/t/288260; http://goccf.com/t/288261; http://goccf.com/t/288212
13. Tenterfield New South Wales Museum (Australia): http://goccf.com/t/180932
14. Osaka Mint Museum (Japan): http://goccf.com/t/246216

Interestingly, one of the earliest threads that I have discovered on CCF http://goccf.com/t/2287) has @Susanlynn9 talking about a so-called "Virtual Museum" on CCF. Perhaps this thread can partially address that concept.

Thread Page             Museum name                                     Location
1                       Budapest History Museum                         Hungary
1                       Edinborough National Museum of Scotland         Scotland
1                       Culloden Battlefield                            Scotland
1                       Glenfinnan Monument Visitor Center              Scotland
1                       Toledo Museum of Art                            Ohio USA
1                       Museum of Antiquity in Basel                    Switzerland
1                       City of Prague Museum                           Czech Republic
1                       Smithsonian American History Museum             Washington DC USA
2                       Old US Mint at New Orleans                      Louisiana USA
4                       Hammer Museum of Los Angeles                    California USA
4                       Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport              Georgia USA
4                       Jordan Archaeological Museum in Amman           Jordan
4                       Jerusalem Archaelogical Park                    Israel
4                       La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona                 Spain
5                       Figueres Dali Theatre and Museum                Spain
5                       Prado Museum                                    Spain
5                       Ethnological Museum of Barcelona                Spain
5                       National Geographic Museum                      Washington DC USA
5                       Smithsonian American History Museum             Washington DC USA
5                       Peabody Hotel                                   Tennessee USA
5                       Museum of Banking                               Luxembourg
5                       Museum of the City of Luxembourg                Luxembourg
5                       Museum of Vietnamese History                    Vietnam
6                       Graceland                                       Tennessee USA
6                       Archaelogical Museum in Antalya                 Turkey
6                       Bullock Texas State History Museum              Texas USA
6                       Museum of Archaeology of Arlon                  Belgium
7                       Cologne Roman Germanic Museum                   Germany
7                       Karples Manuscript Library of Buffalo           New York USA
7                       National art Museum of Catalonia                Spain
7                       Madrid National Archaeological Museum           Spain
7                       Harper's Ferry                                  West Virgina USA
7                       Michael C. Carlos Museum                        Georgia USA
7                       Swiss National Museum                           Switzerland
8                       Bogata Numismatic Museum                        Columbia
8                       The British Museum of London                    UK
8                       Colchester Town Museum                          UK
8                       Museum of Fine Art in Lyon                      France
8                       Nimes Museum of the Romans                      France
8                       Curtius Museum in Liege                         Belgium
8                       Smithsonian American History Museum             Washington DC USA
8                       The Mint Museum in Sydney                       Australia
8                       Teylers Museum                                  Netherlands
8                       Ljubljana Castle Museum                         Slovenia
9                       National Museum of Slovenia                     Slovenia
9                       Constance Archaeological Museum                 Germany
9                       Rose Garden Museum of Constance                 Germany
9                       Zurich Art Museum                               Switzerland
9                       Madrid National Archaeological Museum           Spain
10                      Archaeological Museum of Krakow                 Poland
10                      Cuyahoga Valley National Park                   Ohio USA

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Here is my first museum to discuss--the Castle Museum of the Budapest History Museum (Hungary). On the bottom floor, the exhibits focus on early castle life and the surrounding city of Buda. There is a pretty interesting display of a hoard of silver denars from King Bela IV discovered in a clay pot.


Here is the display:


and here is a uniface denar of Bela IV from my collection:



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The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh has quite a bit of for the avid numismatist. Depending on the interest level and patience of your SO, you could easily spend an hour in this one small section of the museum.

In addition to some Celtic/Roman coins, there are examples of the very first Scottish coinage (from David I, 1136 to 1153 AD). Another exhibit discusses contemporary counterfeits, while a single display categorizes several centuries worth of Scottish coins. For exonumia enthusiasts, there are also displays of Papal seals and pilgrim's badges.


Celtic/Roman coins found in Deskford Scotland that include a "carnyx" or war-trumpet:



Silver pennies of David I (labelled with a number 2) and Stephen (labelled with a number 3):



More early silver pennies, some of which have been halved or quartered to make small change



Overview of Scottish coinage:



My silver penny minted in early Scotland (1280 to 1286 AD):

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If you make it as far north as Inverness in Scotland, you will almost certainly be visiting Culloden Battlefield at some point. Regardless of which side your family was on (or even as a non-partisan bystander), you can just feel the grim history as you walk around the field. Inside the welcome center there is a lot of information about the politics and logistics of the bloody battle.

Of potential interest to the numismatist is the section of Hanovarian medals dating back to 1746 and 1747 AD. Coming from the victors, you can expect to see such details as Chamberlain riding victorious on horseback and Jacobite rebels hanging from gallows.


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A few more medals of the Jacobite uprising can be found in the visitor center at Glenfinnan Monument. The accompanying text provides a pretty balanced view of the uprising and its fall-out. Both sides issued medals, perhaps as a form of propaganda.


It also includes this footnote about "Bonnie" Prince Charlie:


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Charles spent five months on the run from government troops, sometimes passing near Glenfinnan. No one betrayed him, despite the price on his head and the "blaze of destruction" to torch homes and crops ordered by the Duke of Cumberland. Charles sailed for France on 20 September 1746.

Increasingly unwelcome everywhere he went, Charles wandered through Europe, returning to Italy and a loveless marriage after his father's death. ALone, bitter and frequently drunk, he died on 31 January 1788.






Contrasting views of Culloden seen in contemporaneous medals: the pro-Jacobite medal has a defiant Highlander with sword drawn and rose design while the anti-Jacobite medal has the Highlander kneeling before the lion rampant and Cumberland in profile.

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The Toledo Museum of Art is a real gem in Northern Ohio. While I greatly enjoyed the paintings, jewelry, and glasswork, I wasn't expecting to find anything related to coins--and I didn't at first.


Then, I noticed a small detail on a wall displaying medieval tapestries of Tournai (Belgium). In the foreground of one tapestry, a customer is paying for casks of wine with a stack of silver coins. This piece, "Tapestries with Vinyard Scenes: Casking and Selling Wine" dates to about 1480 AD. I don't have an exact copy of those Patards in my collection, but I do have one minted in Maastrict (Netherlands) 25 years later that has been countermarked by Tournai.



Overall and close-up of wine purchasing in medieval Tournai:






1505-dated Patard from Maastrict Netherlands countermarked with Tournai stamp on rev:


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Thanks @jbuck! I've been thinking about doing this thread for quite some time, but @moxking gave me the kick in the pants I needed to finally get started. I've got a few more to post and hopefully others will chime in too with their own contributions.
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The Museum of Antiquity (Antikenmuseum Basel and Sammlung Ludwig) is located in Basel, Switzerland. I entered primarily for the Greek vase collection, which is world-famous. Their collections of Greek and Roman statues and Egyptian seals are pretty amazing too.

For the numismatist, I did find a display of a gold Stater of Philip II of Macedonia, but not tons else specifically in coin form. This museum is a great opportunity for the ancient coin enthusiast to see what other forms of durable art were present during the early parts of his/her collection.



My cringe-worthy pic of a gold stater:

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 Posted 12/03/2017  3:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cara to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This post is like a trip to numismatic museums of the world.

Please, fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!!
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but @moxking gave me the kick in the pants I needed to finally get started.
I owe moxking some thanks.


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This post is like a trip to numismatic museums of the world.
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Thanks @cara and @jbuck! I still have another museum to list and then will be finished with my backlog. At that point, it looks like I'll either need to visit more museums (or hopefully) have others weigh in with their own experiences.
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I was at the City of Prague Museum http://en.muzeumprahy.cz/) recently and was excited to see a whole series of displays of interest to the travelling numismatist.

One really interesting display featured a hoard of silver groschens buried in the 1460s. For comparison, I have also included a silver groschen minted at Colditz, a town about 120 miles northwest of Prague. This coin dates to between 1457 and 1463 AD so was contemporaneous with the coins in the hoard. However, instead of making the southeasterly trip to Prague, it circulated further west into Germany (to Erfurt, where it was counterstamped).

Hoard buried circa 1460 AD, but unearthed in the 1880s near the Church of the Holy Trinity in the New Town region of Prague:


Groschen from the German Duchy of Saxony minted in Colditz between 1457 and 1463 AD:





Several other displays showed a variety of Prague coinage over the years. However, I was disappointed to see that these coins were all replicas. I would much rather be looking at the real thing!

Replicas of 10th to 13th Century pfennigs and bracteates minted in Prague:



And here is the real thing--a denar minted in Prague between 1061 and 1085 AD:




Another display included gorgeous baptism medals. Perhaps most interesting to collectors of religious exonumia, but I think that we can all appreciate the workmanship and care put into making them. This one dates to June 27, 1817:

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Images from my 2017 visit to the Smithsonian American History Museum (SAHM). Since space is a premium, the SAHM has used the "lighted drawer technique". You must pull open the each individual drawer to see display items. The issue with this technique is the continuous vibration of drawers being opened and closed. As you can see in some of the images, the coins have shifted in position.




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Inside the Smithsonian American History Museum (SAHM) are also minor displays related to coins.

I believe these images were taken in the transportation display area.



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