The library of the Department of Coins and Medals is one of the world’s leading numismatic libraries, reflecting the scope of the department’s comprehensive collections and interests. These range from the history of numismatics and its origins in antiquarianism to contemporary art medals and badges.

The Library contains around 20,000 books, journals, pamphlets and sales catalogues representing a global coverage of numismatics, economics and associated background histories as well as the catalogues of coins, medals, tokens and banknotes, which are core to research and study.

Items can be consulted in the Study Room and admission is by appointment as places are limited.  Please consult the librarian with details of the items that you wish to consult as it is not possible to browse the shelves.

Photocopying facilities are available.


Engraving from the title page of Bibliotheca numismatica…scriptsere, collecta et indice rerum instructa a Joh. Christ. Hirsch. Published in Nürnberg, 1760.