For the first time ever, a specially designed gallery dedicated to numismatics was opened at the Yale University Art Gallery in spring 2022. The gallery displays the depth and breadth of the Yale Numismatic collection, the largest numismatic collection at any American university.
Although the numismatic collection at Yale dates to the early 19th century, never before has it been exhibited in a dedicated gallery, with frequent rotating exhibitions. The new gallery offers an intimate space for visitors to experience the full scope of Yale’s numismatic holdings.
This talk will describe the long transformational process from the founding of the collection to the creation a special gallery within a Yale museum - where it currently comprises over 60% of the objects - and the selection of objects on display. The gallery development is the first of many more numismatic developments to come to Yale.