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The Münzkabinett not only serves as a museum and archive of coinage but also undertakes research in the area of numismatics and exonumia. As academic disciplines, both subjects are traditionally anchored in museums and are no longer explicitly taught in German universities.

The Münzkabinett at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is thus the largest institution dedicated to numismatics in Germany and is committed to preserving and advancing the subject as an important historical resource. In addition, it makes its holdings available for research (online-catalogue), publishes catalogues of its inventory and undertakes its own research based on its collections.

It organises lectures and courses at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, is involved in international research projects (such as 'Sylloge Nummorum Sassanidorum'; 'Sylloge Nummorum Parthicorum') and publishes two academic journals: 'Berliner Numismatische Forschungen' (since 1987, since 1991 Neue Folge) and 'Das Kabinett' (since 1994). 

Research projects at the Münzkabinett

As part of the project "Urban Development, Housing and Living Conditions in Ancient Priene", funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) and in cooperation with the Archaeological Institute at Universität Frankfurt am Main (Prof. Dr. Wolf Rack), the Münzkabinett is currently analysing coins discovered in the latest excavations of the ancient city of Priene (west Turkey) – one of the most important sites for the research of Greek-Roman culture in the eastern Mediterranean region. The project aims to draw conclusions about the use of bronze currency and the chronology of coins during the mid-Hellenistic period in the Maeander valley.

Contact: Dr. Bernhard Weisser, Deputy Director, Münzkabinett

Further information: is available here. (German Only)