Money changer’s coin scales

Daniel vom Berg (1733 – 1804)18th century

Jewish Museum Frankfurt / Museum Judengasse

Jewish Museum Frankfurt / Museum Judengasse
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Many money changers worked in the Judengasse Frankfurt. Because the value of coins was based on the weight of the metal, scales were the money changers’ most important instrument. Because Jews often worked in professions dealing with money transactions, they were generally very familiar with the various types of money in circulation. For a fee they would weigh the foreign coins and convert them into the required currency.


  • Title: Money changer’s coin scales
  • Creator: Daniel vom Berg (1733 – 1804)
  • Date Created: 18th century
  • Location: Lennep, Germany
  • Location Created: Lennep, Germany
  • Subject Keywords: currency, coins, money
  • Type: historical object
  • Rights: Historisches Museum Frankfurt
  • Medium: wood, brass, iron

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