Numismatic literature

Uppsala University Library holds a unique collection of historical numismatic literature. The collection includes books from some of Sweden's most prominent numismatics' private libraries, for instance Carl Didrik Ehrenpreus, who was involved in starting a professorship in numismatics in Uppsala, Johan Henrik Schröder, Evald Ziervogel and Eric Götlin. The books testify to their owners through marginal notes, book plates and bindings. These scholars gathered a representative selection of reference literature in numismatics covering publications from all over Europe. Unlike other European libraries, Uppsala University Library has not been affected by war in a few hundred years. The book collection is therefore unusually well-preserved.

Image: Frontispiece from Familiæ Romanæ in antiqvis nvmismatibvs by Charles Patin, Paris 1663.

With fundings from the Gunnar Ekström Foundation and Sven Svensson Foundation a selection of the early numismatic literature has been digitised at Uppsala University Library, with the aim to make it available to researchers and other interested all over the world.

This forms the basis of a digital numismatic library covering the most important early European numismatic works from the 16th century to the 19th century. In this selection you will find foreign numismatic literature up to and including 1799, as well as Swedish numismatic literature up to and including 1850.

The literature also constitutes a reference library for the Coin Cabinet at Uppsala University.

Detail from plate in: De nummis antiqvis Gothanis, Cygneis, Cobvrgensibus, Vinariensibus et Mersebugensibus, tractatio by Christian Schlegel, Frankfurt am Main 1725.

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Last modified: 2021-08-30