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The Princeton University Numismatic Collection

The Princeton University Numismatic Collection contains coins, medals and tokens, paper money, and decorations - about 100,000 items in all. The collection is housed in the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections of the Firestone Library on Princeton's campus.

Our current exhibition

From a Thankful Nation

Latin American Medals and Orders from the Robert L. Ross Collection


New collections acquired in recent years: The Wu Collection of Chinese Coins , The Latin Orient Collection of Medieval Greek Coins, The Armenian Heritage Collection, Modern Greek Medals from the Vergos Collection, The Undeland Collection of Mamluk Coins, The Robert L. Ross Collection of Latin American Medals and Orders.

The coins from the excavations at Antioch-on-the-Orontes, about 40,000 in total, comprise the core of our holdings of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic coinage. The Platt and DeWald Numismatic Collections, formerly housed in the Princeton University Art Museum, have been transferred to Firestone Library for cataloguing with the other collections of the University. The Platt collection is rich in Roman aes grave and other Republican coins and in silver issues of Augustus and Hadrian, as well as portrait coins of the Renaissance, while the DeWald Collection has strong holdings of Roman sestertii, all areas that complement well the existing Firestone collections.

To search the online database of holdings, click here.

For a summary of the history and holdings of the collection, click here.

For information on current, upcoming, and past exhibitions click here.

The proceedings of the 2007 symposium on The Rebirth of Antiquity are available for direct order from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, as are the catalogues of the Money on Paper exhibition and the From a Thankful Nation exhibition.

To arrange an appointment to view selected items or sections of the collection, contact the curator.

Alan Stahl's webpage

Alan M. Stahl
Curator of Numismatics
(609) 258-9127

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