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Large box for a pair of scales by Tonnis von Medtmann

    Category:
  • Highlights - Coins and Medals

1611
Cologne

currently not on display

Acquired in 1853, this assay balance is the oldest of our collections. It is very well preserved and has a total of 36 weights, which were used to measure and verify gold coins.

From the 14th century onwards, large-scale issue of gold currency in different locations spread the use of balances and monetary weights, which became necessary tools for money changers’ daily work.