We are the DDB: Das Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin

The Münzkabinett der Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (Coin Cabinet of the Berlin State Museums) is the largest archive of minted money in Germany and is one of the six largest coin collections in the world. The universal collection with objects from the 7th century BC to the present contains coins, medals, banknotes and minting tools as well as a considerable number of coin discoveries.

From the find at Ralswiek: Dirhem der Umayyaden aus der Münzstätte Wasit (Dirhem of the Umayyads from the Wasit mint) (today Iraq, 130 AH (747/748 A.D.), Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Nr. 18277013 (Photo: Karsten Dahmen) (Public Domain Mark 1.0)

For 15 years, the digitisation of objects has been at the forefront of the Münzkabinett's work. At ikmk.smb.museum, almost 50,000 objects of the total of 540,000 objects are accessible online, enriched by numerous standard data. Nearly 40,000 of these objects are also available in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (German Digital Library).

The Find at Ralswiek

As part of the digitisation funding by the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, it was possible to present more than 2,200 Islamic coins from the treasure of Ralswiek on Rügen, hidden around 850, in the digital space. The project was supported by funds from the Zukunfts- und Rettungspaket NEUSTART KULTUR (NEUSTART KULTUR future and rescue package) of the Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media) (BKM); Matthias Naue, Hamburg, was responsible for collecting the data.

Delphi, Tridrachme (480–470 BC), Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Nr. 18215461 (Photo: Reinhard Saczewski) (CC0 1.0)

The find at Ralswiek is the largest Viking-era find from Germany and an important testimony to the trade relations between Slavs and Vikings with the Islamic region. 

All objects of the Münzkabinett in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

The coins from the Ralswiek treasure can be found here