The BnF

Coins, Medals and Antiques Department

The Great Cameo of France (or Great Cameo of the Sainte-Chapelle) : glorification of Germanicus. Rome, Ca 23 B.C.
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.

Coins, Medals and Antiques Department:Practical information

The Museum of Coins, Medals and Antiques is closed during the Richelieu renovation project.
The collections kept in the museum remain available to researchers on request (e-mail: They are also available online.


Richelieu Library
58, rue de Richelieu
75002 Paris

Opening hours

Reading room opening hours
From Monday to Saturday Sunday
10.00am-6.00pm closed

Closed on public holidays:

  • 1st of 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 closing of the BnF sites located in Paris (François-Mitterrand, Richelieu and Louvois, Arsenal and Opéra Libraries): During the annual closing of the BnF, various operations are achieved on the BnF premises and public spaces: repair, maintenance or cleaning work. Each year, the sites mentioned above are closed about ten days from the end of August to the beginning of September. The 2018 closing dates will be announced later.

Consulting documents

Document release times
Monday to Saturday
Requests collection 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], louise.detrez[at]
  • Greek coins:frederique.duyrat[at]
  • Roman coins:dominique.hollard[at]
  • French coins:jean-yves.kind[at]
  • Oriental coins:francois.thierry[at]
  • Latin East, medals:ines.villela-petit[at]
  • Oriental and Egyptian antiquities:marielle.pic[at]
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.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


Frédérique Duyrat
Phone :
Fax :
Email : monnaies-medailles-antiques

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