Commented works

The path through the history of coins in the actual Catalan territory the Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya proposes to the visitor in the permanent numismatics hall of the Museu Nacional is highlighted for a rich plurality of coin sets, known with the generic denomination of hoards or treasures. This denomination does not always respond to the criteria of richness it remarkably evokes.

 
The occultation or the simple loss of coins is constant throughout all History. The reasons of these treasure formations have been many and could be spotted from never retrieved savings, hidden money for the fear of looting, to votive offerings or the simple and casual lost wallet. Whichever the nature of the deposit is, its importance, from a numismatic perspective, consists in constructing some kind of locked capsule from which we could extract transcendental statistic information. This is the reason why these sets, after their recuperation and study, become genuine windows to the past which allow us to analyze and reconstruct the monetary circulation in a concrete moment in time. 
 
Concept and direction: Albert Estrada-Rius, head conservator of Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya 
Documentation: Maria Clua, conservation assistant of Gabinet Numismàtic de Catalunya 

From the archeological site of Empúries, Alt Empordà

Beginning of the IV century BC

897 Silver fractions 

Excavations of Empúries

MNAC 076000-CJT

Showcase 1.1

From the archeological site of Puig Castellar, Santa Coloma de Gramanet, Barcelonès

At the end of the III century BC

53 silver coins

Long-term loan from Universitat de Barcelona

MNAC 303103-CJT

Showcase 2.1

From the "campo viejo" of Les Encies, Les Planes d'Hostoles, Garrotxa

At the end of the III century BC

From the original set there are 12 silver drachmas conserved in GNC

Pujol i Camps Collecion

MNAC 020559-CJT

Showcase 2.2

From the archeological site of Empúries, Alt Empordà

First hald of the II century BC

3 bronze ases 

Excavations of Empúries 

MNAC 014077-CJT 

Showcase 3.1

From the archeological site of Empúries, Alt Empordà 

A little after the 44 BC

45 silver deniers

Excavations of Empúries

MNAC 105023-CJT 

Showcase 3.2

From the archeological site of Empúries, Alt Empordà

Half of the I acentury BC

33 bronce units

Excavations of Empúries

MNAC 013873-CJT

Shocase 3.3

From the archeological site of Empúries, Alt Empordà

At the end of the I century

16 bronze coins and 1 silver coin

Excavations of Empúries

MNAC 019133-CJT

Showcase 5.11

From the church of Sant Andreu d'Òrrius, Maresme

Circa 1032-1041

226 silver deniers

Long-term loan from Generalitat de Catalunya

MNAC 302276-CJT

Showcase 8.1

From the quarry of Òdena, Anoia

At the end of the XI century

10 gold mancusos in the GNC Collection

MNAC 080047-CJT

Vitrina 8.2

From the archeological site of Castellfollit del Boix, Bages

At the end of the XI century

9 gold mancusos

Long-term loan from Generalitat de Catalunya

MNAC 307477-CJT

Showcase 8.3

From the Santuari de la Mare de Déu del Coll, Osor, La Selva

Second half of the XII century

From the original set there are 142 deniers and 18 "billon" oboles conserved in GNC

Colominas Roca Collection

MNAC 109825-CJT

Showcase 8.4

From the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, Port de la Selva, Alt Empordà

First quarter of the XVI century

348 gold coins and 310 silver coins

Long-term loan form Generalitat de Catalunya

MNAC 308647-CJT

Showcase 14.1

From the Monturiol house in Figueres, Alt Empordà

A little after 1817

561 gold coins

Long-term loan from Generalitat de Catalunya

MNAC 306703-CJT

Showcase 22.1

From a house in Acoletge, Segrià

A little after 1847

154 silver coins conserved in GNC 

Long-term loan from Generalitat de Catalunya

MNAC 303185-CJT

Showcase 22.2

From Can Riera in Puig-Reig, Berguedà

1855 or a little after

51 gold coins and 730 silver coins

MNAC 106001-CJT

Showcase 22.3