Coins and medals were widely used by royal houses as instruments and carriers of propaganda, prestige and power. The nobility of silver and, above all, of gold was synonymous with the name, the symbols and the images of kings and their exploits.
Including these precious objects in royal treasures was therefore common practice. The pieces brought together here bear witness to this. Royal dowries, personal donations, legacies, diplomatic gifts or simple acts of collection and remembrance, all contributed to the creation of a numismatic collection that was once more vast, but is still highly significant today, with pieces of great beauty and rarity.