The teaching of Numismatics deals as a science with coins and the history of money. A numismatist is accordingly a person who deals professionally with coins, money and currencies in the historical/scientific aspect.
In other words, the numismatist mainly researches historical details and relationships on coins. The main points of research on a historical coin are mainly the style, epoch, value, material and denomination. But above all on the embossed images (coin image) which are shown either on one side or on both sides. These are often a coating of arms, portraits or deities, for example.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A NUMISMATIST?
Coin studies as numismatics is a subject that is taught at various universities. In Germany and Austria, for example, the universities of Marburg, Frankfurt and Vienna offer this course. With the conventional standard period of study, you can also do your doctorate accordingly. The teaching of monetary history as a subject is also classified in the category of humanities and cultural studies. Archaeological and, in some cases, even metallurgical content plays a role in the course.
WHERE AND WHAT DOES A NUMISMATIST WORK?
The occupational group of numismatists can be found mainly in museums. Taking care of public historical collections is also part of the numismatist’s area of responsibility.
Furthermore, a numismatist in the State Office for Monument Preservation would date and classify newly discovered coin finds, for example. As well as handing in expert reports on existing archaeological finds of ancient coins and then entering them in literature and databases.
Many numismatists also like to work independently as coin dealers. Which of course enables numismatist to market and apply their knowledge very well and profitably.