Reports from Institutions

Greek and Roman Coins at the Smithsonian Collection – an assessment

The Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection holds approximately 26,900 Greek and Roman coins and has good representation in all areas of ancient coinage. A group of scholars recently carried out an assessment that revealed some exceptional strengths of the collection, including world-class holdings of eastern Roman provincial and civic coin issues and a number of older hoards.

A narrative overview of the assessment and listing of the coins is now available on the National Numismatic Collection’s website (

Anyone with an interest in consulting any of these coins is invited to email Ellen Feingold, curator of the National Numismatic Collection, at or Jennifer Gloede, Outreach and Collections Specialist, at