Uppsala University Coin Cabinet

Location: Museum Gustavianum, Akademigatan 3 S-753 10 Uppsala
Telephone: +46 18 471 00 00      
Fax:  +46 18 471 20 00

Website: www.myntkabinettet.uu.se

 Opening times:

On Tuesdays from 16-00 to 18-00.

On the following Saturdays: April 16, May 28, July 30, August 27 and October 29 from 13-00 to 16-00.

The Cabinet is open from 18-00 to 21-00 in Uppsala Culture Night on September 10.

During regular working hours free tours for all visitors are offered.


Admission is free.

The history of the Coin Cabinet.

Coin Cabinet

Coin Cabinet

In Uppsala there is one of Sweden’s greatest coin and medal collections located in the University Main Building. The history of the collection goes back to the 17th century. Coins and medals class with the first objects, which came with the Augsburg Art Cabinet donated to the university in 1694. Following that, the collections have grown and now include coins and medals from the whole world and coins dating back to the inception of coinage some 2600 years ago. In total, the collection comprises close to 40,000 objects.

The collection is above all around in rare and unusually well preserved Swedish coins and medals. Through its privileged position the university has retained Royal medals. A great many of the coins and medals are unique, both those which were minted in Sweden and those which were minted for Sweden during its Era of Great Power in the Swedish possessions.


Location of the collection.


The main exhibition of coins and medals from the middle Ages up to the present day is shown at the University Main Building built in 1622-1625, and named in honor of King Gustav II Adolf. An exquisite environment, with beautiful cabinets from the 18th century: the world’s first banknote, a rich selection of Sweden’s Plate money, rare and unique coins testifying to Swedish history and medals with portraits of famous men and women.

There are two authentic medals of Alfred Nobel.


Coins from the collection.

Coins from the collection.

Besides the collection include Carl Linnaeus medals. This is not just one of the masterpieces known throughout the world. The collection of coins of the Cabinet of the University of Uppsala keeps a few of the more than hundred medals issued by Swedish and foreign academies and scientific societies in his honor during his lifetime, and as a tribute after his death. One of them was made in 1878 by the famous Swedish engraver Lea Ahlborn.

The Cabinet of medals of Uppsala University has a lot of interesting coins from private collections. Among them a special position is occupied by a collection of medals of Nils-Anders Uno (1914-1994). The collection consists of about 480 medals, coins, club icons associated with music and minted on the occasion of celebrations in honor of famous people. Medals and coins depict composers, choral conductors and soloists.


In addition to numismatic clubs in Uppsala there is a Swedish Numismatic Society, which is the main organization for the Swedish coin collectors.


The Swedish Royal medals are registered in the directory Bror Emil Hildebrand 1874/1875.

Coins from the collection.

Coins from the collection.

Some of the most vibrant numismatic research that is conducted in Uppsala is published in the Uppsala University Coin Cabinet Working Papers. Their aim is to make research available in a timely manner and free of charge.


This is the Coin Cabinet’s own book series in which the following books have been published or are in progress:

  1. Anglo-Saxon and later British Coins. By Elsa Lindberger. 2006. 225 SEK.
  2. German coins from the Viking Age to Early Middle Ages. Authors Peter Berghaus and Hendrik Makela. 2006, 225 SEK.
  3. Coins of Swedish Viking and medieval coins minted in the mainland. Authors Jonas and Kjell Holmberg Randberg. 2008, 176 SEK.
    1. Essays on the Cabinet of Coins of the University of Uppsala. 2008, 279 SEK.
    2. «…achieved nothing worthy of memory». Coinage and authority in the Roman empire c. AD 260-295. By Ragnar Hedlund. 2008. [Diss.] 300 SEK.
    3. The Coinage of Akragas in Sicily c. B.C. 510-406. By Ulla Westermark (in preparation).
    4. Music Medal Cabinet of coins of the University of Uppsala. By Eva Wiséhn (in preparation).

Uppsala University Coin Cabinet has not only the exhibitions that can be seen by visiting Sweden. Today, there are two virtual exhibitions published on the web (in Swedish only) with detailed description and enlarged image artifacts.


Keeper of the Uppsala University Coin Cabinet is PhD Hendrick Mäkelä M.




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