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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
  • Culture


Residenzstraße 1
80333 München


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
Luther imagines 17
05.07.2017 - 01.04.2018

Thema der Ausstellung "Luther imagines 17" sind die verschiedenen Luther-Bilder, wie sie vor allem im Spiegel der Kunstmedaille zum Ausdruck kommen. Im Laufe der letzten 500 Jahre hat sich ein "Kanon" von Luther-Festen herausgebildet, an dessen Spitze die Erinnerung an Luthers Geburt im Jahr 1483 und den Thesenanschlag von 1517 steht. Wie die Medaillen deutlich machen, bringt jedes Zeitalter sein eigenes Luther-Bild hervor: Ist der Reformator im 16. Jahrhundert der gefeierte Propheta Germaniae und "dritte Elias", im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert "Lichtbringer" und "Wiederhersteller der reinen Lehre", so lädt sich seine Gestalt im 19. Jahrhundert nationalistisch auf und wird gleichzeitig zum Vorbild für das Bürgertum, das ihm in vielen Städten Denkmale setzt. Die Feiern im Kriegsjahr 1917 heroisieren Luther als deutschesten der Deutschen. 1983 gedenkt auch die DDR seines 500. Geburtstags. Schließlich bestätigt die Feier des Reformationsjubiläums am 31. Oktober 2017 ein Wort Goethes: Die "produktive" Wirkung Luthers hält auch nach 500 Jahren noch an.

Staatliche Münzsammlung München
Faust / Faces
23.02.2018 - 29.07.2018

How did the poet of "Faust" look like, after all? There are many temporary accounts relating Goethe’s outer appearance. They concur in mentioning his impressive head, the bright, brown eyes and dark complexion, as well as a certain embonpoint during the 1790ies. Goethe’s face was asymmetric: He had a slightly bent nose, and the left side of his face appeared less distinct. In her special exhibition, the Staatliche Münzsammlung München presents a wide scope of medals on Goethe, his friends Friedrich Schiller, Carl Friedrich Zelter and Johann Heinrich Meyer, as well as personages of the Weimar court: Next to the grand duke Carl August of Saxe-Weimar his wife Luise, or the hereditary grand duchess Maria Pawlowna.

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