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Seminar of the Swedish numismatic society and Book release of "Sveonum Monumenta Vetusta"

12.12.2018

Book coverAn English edition of the book on history of the numismatic collection of Elias Brenner and Pavel Grigorievich Demidov has been published: Julia Krasnobaeva, Sveonum Monumenta Vetusta: The Numismatic Collection of Elias Brenner and Davel Grigorievich Demidov, Stockholm, 2018. The book was published by the Swedish Numismatic Society.

The Swedish Numismatic Society (SNF) is the oldest society of its kind in the Scandinavian countries. The society was founded in 1873. The society is dedicated to support all kinds of numismatic research and quality numismatic publications. We also arrange lectures and auctions. We have one of the largest numismatic libraries in Scandinavia.

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 Elias Brenner MedalMuseum 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 program included lectures by Julia Krasnobaeva (The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow), Torbjörn Sundqvist (The National Historical Museums, Stockholm) and Carina Burman (Uppsala University).

The Seminar included the release of book «Sveonum Monumenta Vetusta…». Author, Julia Krasnobaeva, was awarded with the Elias Brenner Medal for numismatic studies.

This medal was established April 28, 1976. There is a portrait of Elias Brenner on the reverse and the inscriptions around: NAT[us]. MDCXLVII OB[iit]. MDCCXVII (Born in 1647. Deceased in 1717), and below: NUMMOS SUECICOS PRIMUS COLLEGIT & EXPLICAVIT (He was the first who collected and described Swedish coins). There is the emblem of the Swedish Numismatic Society on the obverse and inscriptions around: SOCIETAS NUMISChairman of the Swedish numismatic society Mr Jan-Olof Björk and author of the book Julia KrasnobaevaMATICA SUECICA CONDITA ANNO MDCCCLXXIII (Swedish Numismatic Society founded in 1873), and in the central part PRO / MERITIS (For Merit). The silver medal is awarded to Swedish and foreign scholars who have succeeded in learning Swedish numismatics.

Web-site of the Swedish numismatic society

Program of Brenner Seminar