The coin collection of the Archaelogical Museum of Muenster University consists of more than 5,700 objects covering all historical periods in antiquity: Greek coins (of the archaic, classical and Hellenistic periods), coins of the Roman Republic and empire, civic and provincial coins of the Imperial period, and Byzantine ones. It is frequently used during University courses and represents an integral part of teaching ancient numismatics by providing first-hand experience to students, and to familiarize with subject related methodology.
Usually a representative selection of Greek and Roman coins is exhibited in the university’s Archaeological Museum. In addition there are also showcases on special topics such as "Alexandria Troas" and "Mons Argaios", respectively, highlighting recent research by University staff on these regions. The "process of ancient coin production" is illustrated by a selection of misstrikes. At the moment (2020-01-10 to 2020-03-22) there is an exhibition "Kleine Fächer - WeltWeit Unverzichtbar" shown in the museum. A few of our coins are integrated, but most of the numismatic holdings are kept in the safe room and may be studied only upon appointment. Providing easier access to the public is a key element of our mission, which aims at the digitization of all our coins. More and more objects will be published in our online catalogue waiting to be discovered 24 hours and seven days a week, wherever you are.
Coin collection in the Archaeological Museum of Muenster University
Project management: Achim Lichtenberger
Editorial: Katharina Martin
Programming: Jürgen Freundel, Ilmenau
Academic Staff and responsibilities: Katharina Martin
This project is in cooperation with the Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin: Coin database and online catalogue based on http://ikmk.smb.museum/ with shared data administration for the NUMiD-network and the semantic web.
With collaboration of David Biedermann (2011/2012), Paul Bochmann (2017-2018), Michael Fehlauer (2017-2018), Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert (2010), Luisa Goldammer-Brill (2016), Silke Hockmann (2016-2017), Stefan Hofer (2013-2015), Jessica Schellig (2019) and many students from different numismatic courses.
Photography: Robert Dylka, Lianna Hecht (documented in the object entry's print view)
Layout: Goldland Media
Maps: Goldland Media, Jürgen Freundel