The Department of Coins, Medals and Antiques holds one of the more outstanding collections of 'medals' worldwide. Up to the 19th century, the word means old medals and coins. The number of pieces makes this collection, of a remarkable quality, a unique collection. The Department also holds a spectacular collection of antiques from the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome; and national antiquities. A specialized library offers valuable help to researchers thanks to nearly 100 000 documents and a major archives collection. The Department is a privileged place to study numismatics, archaeology, art and techniques history, the history of collectors and collections since treasures of curio cabinets up to the creation of museums.
The reading room is open to the Research Library's users. The consultation of heritage collections is possible after an interview with a librarian.
The Museum of Coins, Medals and Antiques is closed during the Richelieu renovation project until 2020.
The collections kept in the museum remain available to researchers on request (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). They are also available online.
58, rue de Richelieu
Reading room opening hours
|From Monday to Saturday
Closed on public holidays:
- 1 January
- Easter Sunday and Monday
- 1 and 8 May
- Ascension Thursday
- Pentecost Sunday and Monday
- 14 July
- 15 August
- 1 and 11 November
- 25 December
Annual closure of all sites in Paris (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu, Louvois, Arsenal and Opera libraries): from 1 to 10 September 2017.
Document release times
||Monday to Saturday
||10:00 to 17:00
|Consultation of documents
||10:00 to 18:00
The reading room is open to every Research Library's readers provided with an access room.
The consultation of heritage collections is possible after an interview with a librarian.
- Archaeology and non-numismatics collections:mathilde.avisseau-broustet[at]bnf.fr, louise.detrez[at]bnf.fr
- Greek coins:frederique.duyrat[at]bnf.fr
- Roman coins:dominique.hollard[at]bnf.fr
- French coins:jean-yves.kind[at]bnf.fr
- Oriental coins:francois.thierry[at]bnf.fr
- Latin East, medals:ines.villela-petit[at]bnf.fr
- Oriental and Egyptian antiquities:marielle.pic[at]bnf.fr
Readers are being asked to leave their personal belongings in the locker, at the entrance of the department. A transparent briefcase is proposed to carry their pencils, papers and computers.
To be noted
During the renovation of Richelieu Library, the printed documents with the following classification marks were moved to the other sites of the library and are unavailable:
- 00000 (General reference works)
- 40000 (Archaeology)
- 50000 (Objects)
- 60000 (History)
- The major part of Gamma classification marks (periodicals)
Are available in deferred (within 72h) allt he printed documents.