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Digital Coin Cabinet of the Research Centre for Islamic Numismatics Tübingen (https://uni-tuebingen.de/fint/)

In Germany, not only the numerically largest, but also the best quality collection of Islamic coins is located at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. Based on a small old stock from the previous century, the then most important private collection in this field was acquired in 1988 with the help of the Volkswagen Foundation and in 1990 the University of Tübingen set up a research centre dedicated to Islamic Numismatics (FINT). Supported by private sponsors, over the next years the research centre succeeded in doubling its stock through targeted acquisition. With around 80,000 coins today, which systematically reflect Islamic coin history, the FINT collection has a worldwide top-ranking position, comparable with the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and the American Numismatic Society's collection in New York. It is well organized like an archive, but only a fraction of the data is published to date.

For our digital cabinet we chose the coinage of one important dynasty, the Būyids (Iran/Iraq, 10th–11th cent.). At the outset (in March 2021) we put about 300 Buyid coins online and since then we have been adding more and more.


Project management and editorial: Dr. Sebastian Hanstein

Academic staff and responsibilities:
Dr. Sebastian Hanstein, Dr. Alaa al-Din al-Chomari, Judith Bauer (student assistant), Sonai Reber (student assistant)

Programming: Dr. Jürgen Freundel, Ilmenau

Layout: Goldland Media
Maps: Goldland Media, Dr. Jürgen Freundel

Photography: See each object entry's print view for details.

This project is in cooperation with the Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin: coin database and online catalogue based on http://ikmk.smb.museum/ with shared data administration for the NUMiD-network and the semantic web.