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 over 20,000 books, nearly 600 journals and many pamphlets and sales catalogues. It  provides global coverage of numismatics and economics and contains many items that cannot be found elsewhere.

Books can be consulted in the Study Room and admission is by appointment as places are limited.  Please contact the librarian with details of the items that you wish to consult as it is not possible to browse the shelves and at present not all items are available via the online catalogue.

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.