Geldgeschichtliches Museum

The current exhibition “The Window” takes you through a numismatic journey through time of Cologne’s city history.

The Kreissparkasse Köln owns more than 4000 money boxes from Roman times to the present day. Other collection areas include: Private money and stamps, calculation tokens, medals, money boxes and collection vessels, traditional and pre-munitable means of payment or bar money, coin and treasure finds, counterfeits to the detriment of the collector or the state, monetary replacement such as checks, bills of exchange, check and credit cards, documents and graphics on the subject of money, minting tools, coin scales and money changer tables, coin checkers, money counting boards, old receipts, shares and securities, savings books, purses, jewelry made from money, old safes, to name just a few of the areas .

Of course, not all areas can be collected and archived equally intensively. For some, some pieces of documents are sufficient, others, such as coin scales, are represented in a nice selection. Of course, objects from Cologne and the surrounding area enjoy a high priority. Money is an enormously complex term today, it is related to “apply”, but also to “repay”, repentance. You can hardly say exactly what money actually is, what functions it has: means of exchange, medium for storing capital, valuables, value scale, prestige object. As the first financial institution in Germany, Kreissparkasse Köln began collecting piggy banks in the thirties. Coins and a few historical wallets were also acquired as decorations for exhibitions. This collection was lost during the war, except for a few pieces.

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  • Monday09:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday09:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday09:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday09:00 - 18:00
  • Friday09:00 - 18:00
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