Insignia of the Order of Saint Anna (RK2009046:1,5,7). Photo: Ilari Järvinen/Finnish Heritage Agency.

Coin chamber

The most extensive numismatic collection in Finland.

The Coin chamber has a national responsibility comparable to specialty museums when it comes to preserving Finnish monetary history, decorations and medals related to Finns and Finland. The collection consists of 230,000 items, including coins, notes, tokens, medals and decorations, as well as coinage dies, money boxes and other items related to the minting and use of money.

The collection focuses on objects made and used or otherwise related to Finland, but in addition it includes comparative material as well as separate collections that also contain foreign items.

The Coin chamber collection consists of three entities: The coin and medal collections of the National Museum, H.F. Antell (1847–1893) and the University of Helsinki. The last was founded in the mid-18th century as the coin collection of the Royal Academy of Turku and transferred to the National Museum in 1920.

The majority of the collection is formed by Finnish coin discoveries. The objects range from the world’s first coins dating back to the classical period to the latest issues of euros. Some of the artefacts can be viewed online in the Object of the Month series and the Finna service.

The Coin chamber has the largest numismatic reference library in Finland. It covers nearly all of the numismatic books published in Finland and Sweden, as well as the most important foreign publications, which are continuously added to the collection. Customers can use the reference library during office hours on request.

The Coin chamber is in charge of the public authority tasks concerning coin discoveries in cooperation with the Finnish Heritage Agency.

Additional information:

Jani Oravisjärvi, tel. (0) 295 33 6398, jani.oravisjarvi@kansallismuseo.fi