PRELIMINARY INVENTORY OF THE STUDY PHOTOGRAPHS OF ANCIENT COINS
Finding aid prepared by Ann Harrison
Title: Study photographs of ancient coins
Date (inclusive): 1900s
Getty Research Institute
8.7 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
A collection of photographs of ancient coins, predominantly Greek and Roman, assembled by the Getty Research Institute.
Language: Collection material is in
In 1974, the J. Paul Getty Museum began assembling a "photo library" by consolidating the visual resources of each existing
curatorial department. By the early 1980s, the Photo Archive was actively acquiring large collections of photographs from
commercial and private sources and scholars' archives that contained a photographic component. In 1983, the nearly one million
photographs of the Photo Archive were incorporated into the Research Institute's Special Collections.
Other Finding Aids
Photo Archive Database
includes photograph level access to approximately 1% of the photographs in this collection.
Finding aid created in 2009.
Scope and Content of Collection
An assembled collection of photographs of ancient coins, predominantly Greek and Roman. The major source for these modern
prints is the commercial vendor Hirmer Fotoarchiv (circa 2,800 photographs). Other sources include the Rheinisches Bildarchiv
(especially for material from the western Roman empire, circa 200 prints); Bulloz; Photographie Giraudon; Alinari; and Christie's
(circa 100 prints). Approximately 200 photographs were transferred from the repository's Becatti archive, and circa 107 were
produced in a project undertaken in connection with the publication of an exhibition of 50 coins from the Jonathan Rosen collection
at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 1983.
Arranged in two sections of photographic prints and a third section of negatives. The first section of prints is arranged
by culture, and then by location or type of material. The second section is arranged alphabetically by vendor.
Subjects - Names
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections
Subjects - Topics
Genres and Forms of Material
Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
Getty Research Institute
Rosen, Jonathan, 1944-
Study photographs of ancient coins
The Greek coins are arranged by the current country of the ancient mint location.
Other mints and mintage unknown
Other cultures: Etruscan, Graeco-Persian, Punic
Becatti archive; Christie's
Jonathan Rosen Collection of Archaic coins
Emile Serafis; Smithsonian Inst.; Walters Art Gallery; unknown and miscellaneous sources