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Coins are held in the Coins, Medals and Antiques Department, located at the Richelieu Library (Site Richelieu).
Greek coin from Syracuse. 400 B.C.
It was in the 18th century that the collection really expanded, when the Abbey Barthélemy, guardian of the Cabinet des médailles, negotiated the 1776 acquisition of the prodigious collection of numismatist Joseph Pellerin, the most extensive and valuable collection ever to be owned by a private individual.
The Greek coin collection is available in Gallica, BnF digital library. These coins are also listed in BnF catalogue général. Until a search form dedicated to medals is made available in the catalogue, the document below indicates how to find them.
Coins in the General Catalogue of the BnF [file .pdf – 1005 Ko – 12/09/21]
The Roman coin collections are broken down into three sets:
French coins are subdivided into three major collections:
Royal medal. Louis XIV. 1665.
BnF holds an outstanding collection of more than 55,000 coins from non-European civilizations, known as “eastern coins”. The majority of these coins come from the Muslim empires and kingdoms of Asia and North Africa. The Far East is represented by coins from China, Vietnam, Japan, and Korea. There is a proportionally greater number of coins from Indochina, Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
The collection of Sassanian, Kushan, Hephthalite, and Kidarite coins, from Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages, is one the world’s foremost collections in terms of quality and variety. Eastern coins also include fine collections of Axumite, Armenian, and Georgian coins.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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