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New Director of the Winterthur Coin Cabinet Appointed

Gunnar Dumke is the new director of the Winterthur Coin Cabinet. The ancient historian and archaeologist will succeed Benedikt Zäch, who is retiring after thirty years, on April 1, 2024.

Gunnar Dumke. Photo: Gunnar Dumke / City of Winterthur.

Gunnar Dumke. Photo: Gunnar Dumke / City of Winterthur.

Gunnar Dumke studied Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the Universities of Heidelberg and Halle-Wittenberg and will complete his doctorate in Halle early next year. As a research associate at various universities, primarily in Germany and America, he has both independently directed research and created exhibitions, focusing on the research areas of Numismatics and Digital Humanities as well as Hellenistic dynasties. At the moment, Gunnar Dumke is responsible for the cataloguing of Goethe’s as well as the Grand Ducal coin collection at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. He currently still lives in Kiel, but will move to Winterthur when he takes up his position in April 2024.

The current head of the Numismatic Collection, Benedikt Zäch, will step down from his position at the end of March 2024. He has led the museum for over thirty years and has made it a globally recognized center of excellence for numismatics. The City President Michael Künzle and the Office of Culture thank Benedikt Zäch for his many years of dedicated service.

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