Berlin Mint Cabinet
Mint Cabinet, a branch of the Bode Museum
History of the Museum
At the origins of the Mint Cabinet is a collection of coins from the Kunstkammer of Brandenburg electors, whose inventory consists of about 5,000 ancient coins. In the 18th century, the collection was opened to the public and was constantly exhibited in various halls in Berlin, and only in 1868 it received the status of an independent museum, which in 1904 settled in the contemporary Bode Museum, which is one of the biggest museums on Museum Island in Berlin.
The museum’s collection
The funds of the Coin Cabinet have the largest numismatic collection in Germany, which is in one row with the most famous collections of coins in the world. It consists of more than 500 thousand items. Much of the collection is represented by ancient coins — about 102 thousand Greek and Roman 50,000 banknotes, as well as 66 000 medieval European coins and about 103 thousand later coins from all around the world.
The collection of the Mint Cabinet presents the coins that are the world’s treasure — Athens dekadrahma dedicated to the Battle of Salamis and damareteyon minted in honor of the ruler of Syracuse Gelon’s victory over the Carthaginians.