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Mary´s image

October 2nd, 2020 - January 10th, 2021


There are many different people who collect many different things: very unusual things, but also traditional things under a very specific theme. The Diözesanmuseum will be presenting such a unique private collection from this October: Here, coins representing the Virgin Mary have been collected, covering a wide range of time and space. These range from Byzantine coins well over a thousand years old depicting Mary as the Queen of Heaven when the ruler took office, to images of grace that are venerated worldwide to this day. Bavarian princes in particular have gladly recommended themselves to the "high woman" as patron saint, but the city of Hamburg has also referred to the patronage of Mary in many coins.

There is much to marvel at: the smallest coin has a diameter of just 12 millimetres, while the heaviest weighs over 150 grams. The most expensive is not one of the many gold coins, but a silver coin from the neighbourhood: a thaler of the bishop of Eichstätt from 1606, minted in Nuremberg.

There are very unusual and unexpected depictions of Mary, for example Mary in a tree, with a poem or on an Islamic coin. There are curiosities like the tram money for the journey from Nuremberg to Fürth.

The exhibition shows only a selection of the Marian coins of this unusual collection. It is intended to inspire not only a new devotion to the Virgin Mary, but perhaps also to encourage people to start their own collecting activities with an equally extraordinary theme.


The exhibition is enriched by numerous interactive stations for the young and the young at heart.


You are cordially invited to share your visit in social media under the Hastag #mariengepraegt.

Diocesan Museum St. Afra
Kornhausgasse 3-5
86152 Augsburg
Phone: +49 (0)821 3166-8833

Video Tour

Opening Times

Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-17.00
Sunday/bank holidays 12.00-18.00
Closed on Mondays

Admission Fees
Adults 4.00 € *
Reduced 3.00 € *
Family ticket 8.00 €*
Annual ticket 19.00 €
*Admission fees for special exhibitions may change 
*Admission free on every 1st Sunday each month!

Guided Tours
On request (+49 (0)821 3166-8833 or

Due to its historical structure the museum is only partly barrier-free.