Albert Erbstein

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Heinrich Albert Erbstein (born July 3, 1840 in Dresden , † June 25, 1890 in Blasewitz near Dresden) was a German numismatist .


Grave of Heinrich Albert Erbstein in the Trinitatisfriedhof

Albert Erbstein was the son of the Dresden archivist Julius Theodor Erbstein (1803–1882), who, like his grandfather Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Erbstein (1757–1836), conducted numismatic research. Albert Erbstein continued this family tradition, as did his older brother Julius (1838–1907). Both brothers studied law and history at the University of Leipzig from 1858 to 1860 and were awarded Dr. jur. PhD. From 1861 to 1866 they worked at the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg . Albert was the curator of the museum's art and antiquity collection and was particularly active in the coin and seal collection. Then they edited the catalog of the coin collection of Karl Gustav von Schulthess-Rechberg in Zurich and lived as private scholars again in Dresden from 1867, where they mainly worked in the coin cabinet .

In 1882 Albert Erbstein became director of the Münzkabinett, in 1885 also director of the Historical Museum ( armory ) and the porcelain collection . Albert died at the age of 50 and, like his father and later his brother, was buried in the Erbstein family grave at the Trinity cemetery in Dresden .