The Emperor's Gold
As part of the celebrations marking the 125th anniversary of the Kunsthistorisches Museum the Coin Collection showcases selected gold coins from the Numophyliacium Imperatoris, as the imperial coin collection was called centuries ago. Renowned for the size and quality of its holdings, as well as the rarity of its coins, this world-famous collection owes its fame to generations of Austrian rulers who were also passionate collectors and connoisseurs.
The exhibition focuses on the remarkable spectrum of historical gold mintages from classical antiquity to the Modern Era, and looks all the glittering facets of “the Emperor’s Gold”. The spectrum comprises everything from gold coins in monetary circulation to multiples and finally giants made of gold, unique special mintages commissioned by the Emperor as princely representation or as gifts for important personages.
Gold coins presented to a member of the imperial family soon entered the collection, which functioned as a starting point for the first numismatic catalogues and research, becoming the birthplace of numismatics as a modern discipline in the 18th century.
- Tue. 28 Feb 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Wed. 01 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Thu. 02 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Fri. 03 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Sat. 04 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Sun. 05 Mar 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.