Scientific work

The Museum is constantly seeking to enrich and expand the different exhibitions it houses and the corresponding documentation. For this reason special attention is paid to research, restoration, conservation and documentation work.

Since 1951 the Museum has been working with the Spanish American Society for Numismatic Studies on the publication NVMISMA, the most prestigious journal published in Spanish in this field. An ongoing series of publications have also been released.

Documentation and Control

The area of the Museum's Collections Document and Control Department has three main activities:

  • Providing both the informative text and images necessary to explain the figures appearing on coins, stamps, lottery tickets and other products made by the FNMT-RCM, in direct collaboration with the organisations responsible for their issue (Stamp Programming Commission, L.A.E, (National Lottery), etc.).
  • Managing the Nummus database, the heart of the Museum’s dynamic website, which contains all the information about collections, pieces, their location in the Museum and the movements they have made over their lifetime.
  • Library Management.

Library

The Library contains a huge amount of documentation, both scientific, technical and literary. Its purposes are:

  • Technical support - always up to date - for industrial protection.
  • Reference and loan library for FNMT-RCM staff.
  • Consultations from external research professionals will also be attended, booked in advance on Tel. 91 56665 38 or by email at biblioteca@fnmt.es.

Conservation

The purpose of the Conservation Department is the conservation, study and care of the different collections in the Museum.

This work affects, on one hand, new pieces purchased or donated, and on the other, the activity of the Mint itself, which is continuously adding to its collections.

The Department also advises other institutions of study and research in matters relating to these collections. It works on exhibitions requested by other Organisations and Entities, on the production of brochures and texts for each exhibition.

Restoration Laboratory

The Museum Restoration Laboratory was created from the need to maintain the Museum’s piece in optimum condition. It currently has use of all the appropriate resources available in the Museum.

The conservation of pieces just as they were originally designed by the artist is achieved through preventative action, such as the control of environmental conditions. As a last resort, if the piece requires it, it will be restored, following strict, non-permanent procedures.