Julius Erbstein

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Julius Richard Erbstein (born June 30, 1838 in Dresden , † October 17, 1907 in Blasewitz near Dresden) was a German numismatist .


Julius 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. Julius Erbstein continued this family tradition, as did his younger brother Albert (1840–1890). 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 . Julius was the museum's first secretary. 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 1873 Erbstein founded the Numismatic Society in Dresden and published the corresponding sheets for coin lovers .

Grave of Julius Richard Erbstein in the Trinity Cemetery

In 1882 Julius Erbstein became director of the Green Vault in Dresden. After his brother's death in 1890, he also took over the management of the coin cabinet and the porcelain collection . At the end of September 1907 he retired.

Like his father and brother, he was buried in the Erbstein family grave at the Trinity cemetery in Dresden .

After his death, the extensive family collection of coins and medals begun by his grandfather was auctioned off in four auctions at Adolph Hess Successor in Frankfurt from 1908 to 1911 .

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death, the Numismatic Society of Dresden and the Dresden State Art Collections issued a commemorative medal in 2007 in his honor . In addition, the family grave could be rehabilitated with donations of over 7,000 euros.


  • Wilhelm Haan : Julius Richard Erbstein . In: Saxon Writer's Lexicon . Robert Schaefer's Verlag, Leipzig 1875, p. 65.
  • Karl von Ernst: Julius Erbstein . In: Numismatic Journal 41, 1908, pp. 283–285 ( digitized version ).
  • Obituary in: New archive for Saxon history and antiquity 29, 1908, p. 215 ( digitized version ).
  • Paul Arnold: Richard Julius and Heinrich Albert Erbstein, in memory . In: Dresdener Kunstblätter 34, 1990, 6, pp. 194–198.
  • Manfred H. Grieb (Hrsg.): Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon. Visual artists, artisans, scholars. Saur, Munich 2007, vol. 1, p. 355.

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