The Rossi-Scalzi coin collection - Anim. Pierpaolo Pessini
Although little known, the
Museum has a collection of more than 5,000
Chinese coins divided into four groups that
complement each other and whose name is due to
the various collectors of coins: the “Bonardi
Red”, a collection of over 1,400 pieces; the “Bonardi
Blue” with over 600 pieces; the “Rossi-Scalzi”
collection, on display at the museum, with 1,300
coins; and finally the “Grazzi” collection which
includes over 3,000 pieces. The work of
cataloging has allowed us to eliminate worn out
or broken coins, as well as duplicates.
All this vast collection was put together in Henan and Shanxi in the period 1904-1942, and the words of Prof. Serafino Ricci attest to rarity and richness of this collection: “It is one of the best existing collections of Chinese coins, because of its rarity, variety, and the richness of the oldest pieces of which it is composed."
The “Rossi Scalzi collection” is exhibited at the Museum, held in an elegant, ingenious, hand-painted wood container built in China.
A touch-screen monitor is dedicated for the fans of numismatics, who will be able to navigate through 400 screenshots of Chinese coins, which includes most emperors and dynasties of China, until the birth of the Second Republic of China (1949).
WANG MANG PERIOD
FIRST PERIOD OF DISUNITY
SOUTHERN SONG DYNASTY
Coin Emp. Yong Li