Coins and Medals Department, Pushkin
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Julia Krasnobaeva, Sveonum Monumenta Vetusta: The Numismatic Collection of Elias Brenner and Pavel Grigorievich Demidov, Stockholm, 2018


The book “Sveonum Monumenta Vetusta” is dedicated to the unique numismatic collection, which is kept at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. The first owner Elias Brenner (1647–1717) was Swedish miniature painter, scholar, founder of Scandinavian numismatics, one of the earliest numismatists who medieval coin history and author of the first treatise on national coins and medals. His main work “Thesaurus nummorum Sveo-Gothicorum” was composed on the base on his own collection and became an important milestone in the history of numismatic studies. Pavel Grigorievich Demidov (1738–1821) was a member of famous noble family of industrialists. He was a scientist, benefactor, founder of the College in Yaroslavl. In 1995, the State Yaroslavl University was named after P. G. Demidov. Due to P. G. Demidov large part of Brenner’s collection was kept and donated to the Coin Cabinet of Moscow university (1803–1806) and then to the Museum of Fine Arts (nowadays, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts).

December 9, 2018 at Gustavianum, Uppsala the Seminar of the Swedish numismatic society was organized. The Seminar included the release of book «Sveonum Monumenta Vetusta…». Author, Julia Krasnobaeva, was awarded with the Elias Brenner Medal for numismatic studies.