About Us

About Us

The University of Greifswald’s Academic Coin Cabinet comprises 1,200 coins and medals that date from antiquity up until the start of the 20th Century. The core collections are bracteates from the 12th/13th Centuries, coins from German territories of the early modern period and Pomeranian medals awarded for science, art, and history.

The collection was started in the first half of the 19th Century. In the beginning, it was part of “Greifswald’s Collection of Patriotic Antiquities”, that had been extended and maintained, in particular, by Theodor Pyl (1826-1904) from 1865 onwards. The ancient historian Walter Kolbe (1876-1943) established the “Academic Coin Cabinet” in 1921. Kolbe, his successor, Josef Keil (1878-1963), and the medieval historian Adolf Hofmeister (1883-1956), who took over responsibility for the coin cabinet in 1927, developed the collection into a teaching and display collection - with a special focus on items from antiquity and the Middle Ages. The collection was relocated to Schleswig-Holstein in 1945, where it suffered severe losses due to theft (including all of the gold and nearly all of the large silver coins). The remnants of the collection did not return to Greifswald until 1989. The Kustodie (University Collections) assumed responsibility for the collection in 2018.

Further coin collections belonging to the University of Greifswald are held as part of the Gustaf Dalman Collection (on the history of Palestine), the Victor Schultze Collection (on Christian archaeology) and in the collection of prehistoric antiquities.

Project management and editing: Dr. Thilo Habel
Programming: Dr. Jürgen Freundel, Ilmenau

Academic staff: PD Dr. Joachim Krüger, Florian Krüger

Photos: Thilo Habel (copyright information in the print preview of every individual object).
Layout: Goldland Media
Maps:  Goldland Media, Dr. Jürgen Freundel

This project has been realised in cooperation with the Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin: The coin database and online catalogue use the template provided by http://ikmk.smb.museum and the files and master data are administered as part of the NUMiD-Network for the semantic web.