The National Conservation Institute, Administration of the State Chateau - Archbishop Chateau and Gardens in Kromeriz
Numismatic collection of Olomouc archiepiscopate
Welcome to web site of numismatic collection of the state chateau - Archbishop chateau and gardens in Kromeriz.
The numismatic collection of the Archbishop chateau in Kromeriz was created especially in the second half of the 19th century, mostly as reminiscence of the former mintage activity of the Olomouc bishops and archbishops (the only ecclesiastical exponent with the right to mint coins on today's territory of the Czech Republic).
Ecclesiastical - religious coinages were mostly collected (see the offer structure). Coinage completeness of Olomouc bishops and archbishops was mainly emphasised, as for the other issuers - complex outline of coin types, especially of higher premiums. The collection was created without any respect to the amount of expended financial funds.
The oldest part of the collection, ca 1/3, originates from unknown purchase sources or legacy (it is dealt with a huge part of unique and in literature not mentioned coins). The collection is an extraordinary and, up till now, preserved evidence of collecting activity in the second half of the 19th century. Acquisition activity for this collection was finished at the beginning of the 20th century.
The whole collection was organized into these subdivisions - parts:
Currently, total amount of pieces sums to 10,134.
This collection is absolutely unique in the world, it contains, i.e. the most complete collection of coinages, not only of Olomouc bishops and archbishops, but also of Solnohrad bishops, Vratislav bishops. The collection has been used for exploration purposes since the beginning of the 20th century, the unique pieces of this collection are quoted in works, such as Habich - German renaissance medals, Friedensburg - Silesian coinages of New age, several tens of pieces are quoted.
Eduard Mayer published part of Olomouc bishops and archbishops coinages in 1865.
All coins and medals can be viewed on the Internet. Thorough description of single specimens is completed only with the following subdivisions:
All the remaining subdivisions are being processed (replenishment of special determination and metrological data) and the digitised pages will be gradually completed. Thank you for your understanding.
Further on, it is possible to use sophisticated search engine.
The conditions mentioned are determined for studying. After publishing, it is possible to get better resolution (up to 1200 DPI in format PNG). It is necessary to agree on the conditions with the collection owner and administrator. Published illustrations are reduced originals.
The gardens and chateau Kromeriz were inscribed into the list of UNESCO in 1998. The development of Olomouc bishops coining and examples of numismatic materials from the chateau collection are on display in the Bishop mint, near the chateau. The examples of coinages are exhibited in the new chateau library, which is part of the guided tour in the chateau.