I visited the Israel Museum on a recent vacation. There are two rooms dedicated to coins, as well as lots of smaller displays integrated into their fabulous antiquities collection. It shows coins in context, rather than showing the history of coinage in its own terms. - First was a room of Roman gold coins from the Victor Adda collection. He was an Egyptian cotton merchant who lived 1885-1965. His daughters inherited his collection, and much of it was sold in the 1980s. This display is of coins promised to the Israel Museum by his daughter. They're presented in a small, circular room with big reproductions of gold coins above the cabinets. Here's the Nerva enlargement: And here are some of the displays: In the main exhibition galleries I was struck by a hoard of silver from the 8th-7th century BC, just before the first coins, found at En Gedi on the Dead Sea. Interesting how many of the fragments look like coin flans. You can see how it was just a small step to start marking them to certify value. There was a nice selection of the famous 'Judaea Capta' coins, issued by Vespasian to commemorate the suppression of the Jewish revolt and destruction of the second temple in 70AD. The most interesting was the loan of a unique aureus with the legend 'Iudea Recepta', or 'recaptured', because it had previously been a Roman province. They assume that this was the first version, changed because they didn't like the reference to the humiliating loss of the province during the revolt. It's on loan from Dr David and Jemima Jeselsohn of Zurich, shown alongside a nice Colosseum sestertius. The other room dedicated to coins gave an overview of coinage from earliest times to modern Israel. Unfortunately the lighting was bad and the coins were hard to see in the cases, so I couldn't get usable pictures. Here's the room, to give you a taste: And here are some artistic highlights from ancient Greece: The second picture shows TWO decadrachms, to display both sides. I like that most of the coins in the first picture are actually quite affordable. Nice to see things similar to those in my own collection on display. I spent a full day at the museum, and there's loads to see besides coins. Warmly recommended if you get a chance to visit.