(Founded in 1802, with the coins and medals donated by Count Franciscus Széchenyi to the nation.)
The Hungarian National Museum collects, preserves and studies the history of Hungary and the people and cultures that lived once in the territory of the country.
The Coin Cabinet of the Hungarian National Museum is the largest numismatic collection (c.350.000 items) of the country, and the second largest in Central Europe. The collection includes the reliques of monetary history from the ancient times till today.
The Coin Cabinet is the centre of the numismatic research in Hungary, and it takes part in different research in the field of monetary history through its rich collection. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website
The HNS was established in 1901 in the cooperation of the researchers and coin collectors. The Society has always been working in close connection with the Coin Cabinet of the Hungarian National Museum, its presidents were the senior researchers of the Coin Cabinet like Professor L. Réthy, Professor L. Huszár and dr. I. Gedai, at present dr. M. Torbágyi.
The Society works with the support of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The Society organises the contacts between the professional research and the private collectors. The Society has the largest numismatic library in Hungary and edits the numismatic periodical (Numizmatikai Közlöny, since 1902) with annual bibliography of the Hungarian numismatics.
The COST-EMU project makes possibility for the member of the Society to get involved in the international communication in the field of monetary history. › See letter of support (.pdf) › Website
Dr Melinda TorbágyiSenior researcher (b.1955), head of the Coin Cabinet, president of the Hungarian Numismatic Society. Main research field: Celtic coinage, other research field: ancient Greek and Roman numismatic.
The Roman period is special interested in the aspect of the monetary unification because that was the first time when a kind of monetary unification was developed. To study the intentions and problems of the Roman administration could give useful ideas to solve our present problems.