The Coin Collection is one of the five largest and most important coin collections in the world. With some 700,000 objects from three millennia, it contains not only coins, but also paper money, medallions, orders, etc. Some 2,000 objects can be seen in the three halls housing the permanent display, which represents only a small part of the holdings.
The first hall offers an overview of the history and development of the medal from its origins in Italy around 1400 up to the 20th century. Austrian and European orders and medals of honour are likewise presented here. The second hall focuses on the history of coin and paper money, from pre-monetary forms of payment and natural monies to the invention of the coin in the 7th century B.C. in the region of the Lydian coast and on up to the 20th century. The third hall is reserved for special exhibitions.
To learn more about research projects at the Coin Collection go to Science and Research.
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Please note that a number of important artworks will not be on show in this collection for several months as they are travelling to the United States as part of a major exhibition.
Here is a list of the artworks currently on show in the US as well as more information on the exhibition.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Maria Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
June to August
Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
September to May
Tue – Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission till half an hour before closing time.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien is open on May Day, 2015!Holiday opening hours
Tel. +43 1 525 24- 4203
Information & Booking
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