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The Numismatic Collection of the Munich Museum (Part 1)

Updated: Jun 23


It was with great disapointment to travel to Munich for the annual Numismata only to wake up to the news it had been cancelled the midnight before opening! Still we had to make the most of our travel so what better to do than visit the National Numismatic Collection in the heart of the city! Better known as "Staatliche Münzsammlung München".



It is housed in the Residenz München a Museum park close to Odeon Platz. So without further ado here are some of the pictures of the collection. Please note all are from my iphone so they may lack in quality.

The tour starts with a superb if not unprecedented collection of Italian but also German Medals from the 15th century, many practically as struck. Many different motifs show the craftmanship of the middle ages.



There are of course many more but space here is not enough. So I moved on to the European coins: Here a general view of some from Southern Europe including Greece which I will come to in more detail.


The 1833 20 Drachma appears to be Proof or early strike. No17 is a Vienna mint 1851 5 Drachma Thaler and next to it a 1833(?) 5 Drachma Thaler


Very interesting is the Phoenix. Very unusual from what we know possibly struck on a thicker flan and is rather matt in appearance. A pattern of some sort? I haven't seen this before. Peter Chase lists only one known variety and doesn't mention any pattern.


Now moving on here are some general European coins in sublime condition:




Germany is of course exhaustively represented. Here some from all ages and States:


The Ancient World is also very well represented with no less (among many others naturally) than 3 Decadrachms from Siccily two are from dies of Evenetos (15 & 16) and one from Kimon (17):



No. 3 is an incredible Decadrachm of Acragas never seen this!


There are 17 coins from the Greek World so not particularly well represented although the quality remains strong. I chose two representatives from the Attiki region, a Stater from Aigina (17) and a didrachmon from Athens (13).

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