The Royal Coin Cabinet is the national museum of economy with a special interest in history of money, history of finance, economic and social history and the art of medals.
Welcome to Europe's largest museum of economy. Here you can get absorbed in exciting tales about the world's payments history. Learn more about something we surround ourselves with daily, and has influenced our lives for thousands of years - money.
The museum is open daily 11-17.
Explore the museum on your own – listen to the stories in our audio guide. You can borrow a tablet or you can use your own cellphone.
Money of the World
The exhibition presents the history of coinage over the past 2,500 years, as well as earlier, alternative currencies. In many places, some form of currency existed long before coins were invented. Economic history is a significant part of human culture. See how payment methods have evolved from shells and other forms of currency to the plastic cards we use today.
An exhibit in the centre of the gallery traces the thousand-year history of Swedish coinage, from the time of King Olof Skötkonung in the late 10th century to the current reign of King Carl XVI Gustaf. Olof Skötkonung had Sweden’s first coins minted around ad 995, following the English example. The silver coins had a denomination of one penny. The motif is a symbolic depiction of the sovereign and master of the mint.
In the 17th century, the face value of Swedish coins had to be matched by the material value of their metal content. Copper was the main metal used for minting, and this exhibit features examples of copper plate coins. See and touch the world’s biggest coin, dating from 1644 and weighing 19.7 kg!
The Magic of Treasures
This exhibit presents important archaeological hoards found in Sweden, both on land and at sea. The finds include gold, silver and copper from ancient times, the Viking era, the Middle Ages and more recent times. The coins tell a story of trading links with the
Roman Empire and encounters between Scandinavians and people from distant lands.
Saving in Box and Bank
People have always tried to save money and other assets to keep them in reserve for future eventualities. In the old days, thriftiness was essential in order to improve one’s prospects. This exhibit shows some of the ways people used to save, in the days before mass banking, and traces the development of the first savings banks.
Meet creative people through the ages and take inspiration from their successes, setbacks, persistence and gift for perfect timing. The 150 entrepreneurs portrayed include Estrid Ericson, Ingvar Kamprad and Niklas Zennström. Put your knowledge of entrepreneurship to the test and take a quiz to discover what motivates you.
The Art of Medals
The history of medal art begins with the Renaissance splendour of the 15th century and continues to this day. Medals are the oldest form of mass-produced art – a miniature sculpture. Numerous creations by modern medal artists are on display. Don’t miss some of Sweden’s most famous medals, the Nobel medals, awarded annually to the recipients of the Nobel Prizes.
Development of the Dollar
A small exhibition with dollar coins and banknotes from our collection.
The Royal Coin Cabinet is one of Sweden’s oldest museums with collections dating back to the 1570s. Commissioned by King John III, old coins were collected to substantiate Sweden’s right to the three crowns in the national coat of arms. The three crowns were engraved on Swedish coins already in the 14th c. The oldest inventory was drawn up in 1630, when the collection contained only 57 coins and medals.
The collections are part of our national heritage and the basis of all the activities of the museum - exhibitions as well as research. They consist of more than 600.000 objects from around the world, representing all ages. The largest and most important part of the collection is comprised of coins, but there are also other means of payment, e.g. paper money, ethnographical money and share certifications. Another essential part is medals.
Throughout the years, the collections have multiplied in the form of donations, purchases and by redemption of excavated coin treasures. An important acquisition was made in 1974, when the collections of the Bank Museum were purchased. These included examples of older share certificates and bank documents, enabling exhibitions with financial historical contents.