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The cabinet of coins and medals | Excavation Rhineland spiritual electors


The exhibition of nearly three hundred rare coins and medals from the collection of Olomouc archdiocese extends from September 12 permanent exhibitions offer the Archbishops' Castle in Kromeriz. The cabinet of coins and medals, which focuses on the excavation of the archbishops and electors of Mainz, Trier and Cologne, while the first term presentations rich collection of over 10,000 items. The attractiveness of the exhibition by the organizers of the Olomouc Museum of Art and the National Heritage Institute Kromeriz increases architecturally original installation solution.

According to exhibition curator Miroslava Myšáka of Olomouc Museum of Art will be exhibited in the castle library a total of 286 coins and medals archbishops and electors of Mainz, Trier and Cologne.

Exposure to winds by Myšáka several stories throughout the ages. "The first story follows the evolution of money in the Rhineland area, ie the transformation of medieval coins minted denarius to novověkému conventional tolar second half of the 18th century. In the second plan, visitors can perceive spiritual destinies of the Rhineland princes thanks ražbám represented by the onset of the archbishop's throne to death, "outlined the concept of the exhibition, which also provides a comprehensive idea about the changing art forms and iconographic motifs resulting from intellectual background of customers, zeitgeist and skill Medallists and engravers.

Chamber, but thanks to the original architectural processing spectacular and timeless exposure, however, according to Deputy Director of the Olomouc Museum of Art Andrew Zatloukal audience through rare coins and medals performs the whole history of the three spiritual states - Electorate of Mainz, Trier and Cologne. "The exhibits document the excavation direction from their distant relative autonomy over the thankless role of buffer states to the Reich-French border to the point of extinction as a result of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars," added Zatloukal.

Stories by Myšáka "tell" as well as individual coins, especially pieces related to war and social events. "An example might be a silver medal in Cologne Archbishop Joseph Clemens von Bayern from 1688, commemorating his victory in the battle for the throne of the Archbishop of Cologne. Besides the elaborate symbolic representation it also tells a copy of the reverse and inscription on the edge: Surely only good thing is winning - Diocese of Cologne exempt from French usurpers, "said art historian.

The cabinet of coins and medals is the first long-term presentation archbishop rich collections stored in Kromeriz chateau. The collection contains yet more than 10,000 original excavation, the duration of the early Middle Ages to the first decades of the 20th century. The collection placed in the middle of the 19th century Archbishop of Olomouc Friedrich of Fürstenberg, which allocate sufficient funds for the purchase of selected coins and medals and set a clear acquisition policy.

The exhibition, which held under the auspices of the Czech National Bank Governor Miroslav Singer, accompanied by a catalog of coins and medals Archbishop's palace collections, which are published all excavation associated with Mainz, Trier and Cologne. The book was published in cooperation with Kroměříž Czech Numismatic Society branch in Czech and German version and the author worked on it as well as experts from Germany.