04 June 2021
A new online database of German and Austrian public coin collections has been launched, offering collectors the chance to view details of some 90,000 coins.
The new website (at ikmk.net) is free to access and claims to be the biggest coin database in the German-speaking world, comprising parts of the collections of Berlin's Münzkabinett in and Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Museum, with these major holdings being two of 29 institutions represented on the site.
The fully searchable website includes images and descriptions of each coin, including the provenance and research carried out.
A statement on the website explains:
'Ikmk.net allows for a detailed search of digital coin collections both in Germany and abroad. Our users will potentially have acces to moer than 1,380,000 entries once all original objects have been published, and several hundred thousands more of copies and casts, which represent scientifically relevant material in their own right. In addition the relationship and collaboration of both university and museum collections is made visibile.'
Other institutions involved in the major project include:
- Athens, numismatic Collection of the KIKPE-Foundation (ikmk in preparation)
- Braunschweig (HAUM, Museum Wolfenbüttel, Braunschweigische Landessparkasse)
- Düsseldorf (including permament loans from various owners)
- Freiburg im Breisgau (Ancient History & Christian Archaeology, and Byzantine Art History)
- Greifswald (Academic coin Cabinet & Collection Gustaf Dalman & Collection Victor Schultze)
- Tübingen (Classical Archaeology)
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