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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 4, January 27, 2008, Article 20

ROMAINIAN MUSEUM NUMISMATIC COLLECTION

[An article on the History Museum in Sibiu, Romania was
published on the web Wednesday.  It includes a discussion
of the museum's numismatic collections.  Below are excerpts
from the article.  -Editor]

Part of the Brukenthal Museum, the History Museum in Sibiu
is hosted - how appropriate - inside the Old City Hall, a
magnificent building, which has proven to be the best choice
for the prestigious institution.

The History Museum has several large and rich collections,
divided into several chronological and thematical departments,
such as weapons and armours, medals, Romanian coins and bills,
archaeology and others. It is simply amazing to discover step
by step the history of the region, by means of tens of thousands
of exhibits, many of them presented in the permanent collection.

In the coins collection, for example, we find over 60.000
coins and medals, from all around the world. Samuel von Brukenthal
himself managed to amass about 17.000 coins and medals in his
life time, from ancient ones to then-contemporary. Over the
decades the collection has been enriched with other rare examples,
both discoverise from archaeological sites and donations from
other collector. Dacians, Roman Greek Austrian, German, you name
it, and it's here. Of great importance is the selection of
Transylvanian coins, especially those out of gold and silver,
as well as the Eastern European collection.

Also of interest is the collection of Romanian money bills,
put together in the interwar period and further completed after
1990, the oldest exhibits being some mortgage bills from 1877.
It is a history of the Romanian coins starting with the beginning
of the 20th century, and every type of coin and bill are presented
here, in great quality, that would make the envy of every collector.
The visit at the museum end with yet another interesting department,
the textile collection, with many pieces from the collection put
together by the Baron Samuel von Brukenthal, as well as several
donations made by local guilds and associations or collectors.

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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