Panoramic Tour

Münzkabinett (Coin Cabinet)

In times of Pay Pal, credit cards and digital coins – so-called BitCoins – cash has increasingly vanished from everyday life. At the same time special events, such as the minting of the five-euro coin in 2016, meet with unimagined interest. The Dresden Münzkabinett brings together a collection of approximately 300,000 objects, ranging from antiquity to the present day. 

  • Opening Hours daily 10—18 o'clock
    24/12/2018, 10—14 o'clock  (Christmas Eve)
    25/12/2018—26/12/2018, 10—18 o'clock  (Christmas & Boxing Day)
    31/12/2018, 10—18 o'clock  (New Year's Eve)
    01/01/2019, 12—18 o'clock  (New Year)

Medals

Though the term “coin cabinet” seems to suggest only coins, the collection offers much more: Medals, banknotes, honorary decorations, bonds, minting technology, stamps and play money can be admired here. But the money shown here was often much more than a means of payment. In their day, coins also were a means of communication, a medium of dissemination for important political messages and thus part of visual politics. August the Strong, for example, commissioned his depiction on a medal as Hercules after he was crowned King of Poland, and when his son was born, he ordered a medal to be struck in his honour.

das Münzkabinett mit Publikum
© SKD, Foto: Oliver Killig
Ausstellungsansicht Münzkabinett

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Today, 3,300 exhibition items presented in four rooms of the Dresden Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) explain the various aspects of money: To start out, visitors learn about the business and culture of making coins in Saxony, as the silver deposits in the Ore Mountains were once the foundation for the region’s wealth. Then follows a sweeping chronological presentation of the history of the coin: from antiquity to the present, from the Greek drachma to the euro. The oldest coin on display is 2,500 years old and originates in Lydia, a kingdom that was located in today’s Turkey.

Innenansicht Münzkabinett mit Vitrinen und Münzen und Medaillen
© SKD, Foto: Hans-Christian Krass

The grand opening

In June 2015, the Münzkabinett returned to its original home in the Residenzschloss with its long-awaited permanent exhibition, designed around a new concept.

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There is a place for art as well: The exquisite medals of the Renaissance came to constitute a special form of relief artwork. Imaginative coin names, counterfeit coins, weights and not least of all coins reworked into jewellery complete an understanding of money in all its complexity. Even recent political events are represented: In 2003, the Münzkabinett acquired an abstract colour medal created by the American artist Marika Somogyi, a response to the terror attacks of 11 September 2001 in New York. Most recently, the bronze medal Syria 2015 by Warsaw-based Syrian artist Majid Jammoul entered the collection. Like the media images of Aleppo, it shows a city destroyed by air raids.

Innenansicht Münzkabinett mit Vitrinen und Münzen und Medaillen
© SKD, Foto: Hans-Christian Krass

[Translate to English:] Highlights der Sammlung

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Further Exhibitions

Grünes Gewölbe

im Residenzschloss

Saal voller Spiegel und Juwelen

Kupferstich-Kabinett

im Residenzschloss

Portrait eines Mannes mit Hut und Vollbart

The new Hall of the Giants

im Residenzschloss

Aufwendig verzierter Harnisch, große Federn am Helm angebracht
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