Famous People (Celebrities) Who Collected Coins

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Famous Numismatists (Coin Collectors)
Kings, queens, emperors, presidents, and other famous people are often featured on coins, either as head of state, and usually on the obvers or "head" side of coins, or sometimes honoured for some great achievement, usually on the "reverse" side of commemorative coins. However, throughout history a good number of famous people have also collected coins.
There are many numismatists who are often referred to in the numismatic world as "famous", but these are mainly people who are famous principally, or entirely because of their numismatic influence, either through numismatic reaearch and publications, or trough the size and scale of their collections.
This page is about great, famous or important people who happen to be, or have been coin collectors.Famous coin collectors (numismatists) include the Roman emperor Augustus, Louis XIV of France, US President John Quincy Adams, and King Farouk of Egypt.


  • Augustus
    It was customary in Rome, as it also had been in Greece, to present coins as gifts on festive occations, a tradition which Ovid recorded.
    The historian Suetonius (in Augustus 73) records that Emperor Augustus would distribute on the occation of the Saturnalia festivities, among other precious gifts, various unknown foreign coins or coins with portraits of ancient kings "...nummos omnis notae, etiam veteres regios et peregrinos."
    Interest in old coins was continued by some of Augustus' successors, Titus, Domitian and especially Traian; in fact, the latter reissued some silver and a few gold coins of not only his predecessors, but also of the roman republic. Such restitution coins, marked clearly as such by the addition of the inscription REST[ITUIT], duplicated exactly the design and legend of the original. That is a clear evidence that some sort of collection must have existed.
    Pliny was surprised to learn that "spurious methods are objects of study, and a sample of a forged denarius is carefully examined and the aldulterated coin is bought for more than genuine ones."
  • King Louis XIV of France
    The Sun King, Louis XIV (14th) of France, enjoyed the French Royal Coin Collection so much that he visited it every day, remarking that he could 'always find something new to learn'.
  • US President John Quincy Adams
    John Quincy Adams, 1767 - 1848, was the sixth president ot the USA from 1825 to 1829, also collected coins, including ancient Roman coins. His collection was owned by the Massachusetts Historical Society, but sold by auction in 1971.
  • King Farouk of Egypt
    The reportedly unique 1933 US gold double eagle, which sold for a world receord price of $7,500,000 was once in the personal collection of King Farouk of Egypt, who apparently acauired it in 1934. Due to be sold at auction by sotheby in 1952, the US government requested its return, but it disappeared, and is believed to be the same coin sold in 2002.
  • Jed Clampett
    The actor Buddy Ebsen, collected ancient coins. He was more familiar as his character, the hillbilly oil baron Jed Clampett
  • Nicole Kidman
    We read somewhere that Nicole Kidman collects ancient Judean coins, although this may be a media invention, or just simply inaccurate. If we get to meet her, we will try to remember to ask her about her coin collection. (Come upstairs and look at my testoons?).
  • Tony Blair
    UK Prime Minister Tony Blair received a set of Russian coins, valued at £200, and was one of the few gifts which he kept personally. Under House of Commons rules, all gifts worth over £140 must be declared, and if the Member wishes to keep them, must pay the market value, over and above the first £140. We have e-mailed the Prime Minister's office to request a more complete specification of the coins, and await the reply with baited breath.
About the Author
Lawrence Chard is a director of Chard Coins of Blackpool, England, and has over 42 years experience in numismatic and bullion coins.
Chard have maintained a dealing service for both collectors and investors in bullion and numismatic coins. During the period from 1965 to 1971, we were one of only a small number of dealers who were granted a dealers licence.

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