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The Numismatic Collection

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Salto de línea After a long process of development, Western coins originated in Lydia, in Asia Menor, in present-day Turkey) towards the end of the 7th century BC, but it was the Greek cities which, through their commercial and colonial activity, spread their use throughout the Mediterranean. Coins became a powerful vehicle of economic and cultural expansion, a key factor in order to understand the historical development of a community, a role they have kept until the present.

Salto de línea Coins are the core of the museum’s numismatic collection, which also includes medals, manufacturing instruments and other objects formally or historically related with numismatics. Today, the collection of the National Archaeological Museum, created in 1711 by Philip V as part of the royal library, has nearly 300,000 pieces.

This exhibition shows a small selection of works, representative of their quality and identity, chosen for their exceptionality, historic interest, or undeniable artistic quality.Salto de línea

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