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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Study photographs of ancient coins
    Date (inclusive): 1900s
    Number: 76.P.3
    Creator/Collector: Getty Research Institute
    Physical Description: 8.7 linear feet (41 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: A collection of photographs of ancient coins, predominantly Greek and Roman, assembled by the Getty Research Institute.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    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

    The Photo Archive Database  includes photograph level access to approximately 1% of the photographs in this collection.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers. For further information, consult the Guide to the Photo Archive and Database .

    Publication Rights

    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s). For further information, contact Library Reproductions and Permissions .

    Processing History

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973 -- Photograph collections

    Subjects - Topics

    Coins, Ancient
    Coins, Greek
    Coins, Roman

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints


    Becatti, Giovanni, 1912-1973
    Getty Research Institute
    Hirmer Fotoarchiv
    Rheinisches Bildarchiv
    Rosen, Jonathan, 1944-