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Musée des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques

Paris | Archeology - Decorative Arts
Free Admission
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Presentation
The department of coins and medals Antiques maintains, communicates and highlights the collections of numismatics and antiquities from the National Library of France. Heir to the cabinet of medals of the kings of France, it is the oldest French museum. It is located on the traditional site of the BNF (58 rue de Richelieu / 5 rue Vivienne), in the second district of Paris.

The department of coins and medals and antiques from the National Library of France houses the collections of jewelry, engraved stones (intaglios and cameos), sculptures and ceramics antiques, and "medals" (name given, until the nineteenth century, the ancient coins) collected by the kings of France since the Middle Ages. They are then made for fun, but as gold reserve safety. At the end of the wars of religion, Charles IX (reigned 1560-1574) created the office of "private security guard medals and ancient king" to protect the property of the Crown.

The Cabinet of medals home to 520,000 coins and medals. Currencies, the majority, are divided into several collections:
- Coins from the French soil, Gaul to the present (60,000 copies);
- Greek and Roman coins (225,000 copies);
- Eastern coins from the Middle to the Far East (55,000 copies);
- Other foreign currencies (45,000 copies).
Hours

This place is Closed Temporarly

Other information

Contact details

  • Name: Musée des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques
  • Address: 58, rue de Richelieu - 75084 - Paris - France
  • Phone: (33) 01 53 79 83 40

Services

Librairie, Carterie, Boutique

Activities

Exposition, Visite guidée

Getting there

  • By bus : lignes n° 48, 39, 74, 85, 29, 20, 67
  • By metro : lignes n°3 (Bourse),1, 7 (Palais-Royal), 7, 14 (Pyramides)

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