The Rosgartenmuseum (Rose Garden Museum) in Constanz is actually a much better choice for the traveling numismatist who finds himself or herself in Konstanz Germany.
Non-flash photography allowed. All signs are German-language only. If you are typical thick-headed American like me who barely knows his Knie from his Kopf, I recommend that you take pics of the accompanying text. When you get back to your hotel you can enter the text into google translate to understand the nuances of what you have seen. Seems like there ought to be a translation app that works off of pics (not text). Please let me know if anyone out there knows of a good one. Being firmly uni-lingual is a real drag sometimes.
(I wrote up this discussion several months ago and in the meantime have discovered a that the Google Translate app does exactly what I was looking for. Simply aim your phone at the foreign text and then look at it through the screen for a real-time translation. Wicked cool!)
For me, the numismatic highlight of this museum was a series of colored glass panes dating to 1891, but with scenes from the 17th century coin making process. I've included them all below, with my best translations of the inscriptions (please feel free to recommend improvements as my gothic German is especially poor). There are also multiple displays of medieval coins from Constance and the odd Batzen tucked in among other objects. The display of medieval coin dies is very nice, although the lighting could be improved for those who are interested in seeing the fine detail. Several of the dies had a slight convex curve to them, perhaps to aid in coin removal following striking.
As a bonus to visiting this museum is access to the vast accumulation of stones, mosses, fossils, and artifacts. I have included a pic of some spearheads for @bobL as his collecting has recently gone in the direction of Parthian spearheads http://goccf.com/t/332703)
Lastly, I've included images of my oldest coin minted in the German Free City of Constance. It is a Batzen that was struck between 1499 and 1533 AD and is attributed as Saurma 1614.
1: Blank casting and [kuernen?]
2: Silver stretching
4: Cutting out and flattening
5: [Aunk?] measuring the [Staff] airtank 16__
6:Test in the fire and on the balance
7: No inscription, but clearly this is a scene showing the dissemination of the finished coins.
Bronze spear heads:
Dies for striking medieval coins:
A Batzen of Constance from my collection:
"The danger we all now face is distinguishing between what is authentic and what is performed."
Edited by Spence
04/13/2019 2:37 pm