Leimus, Ivar

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Research assistant and curator of the coin collection of the Estonian Historical Museums

Ivar Leimus (*1953) studied History, Archaeology and Art History at the University of Tartu (Dorpat). In 1976, he finished his studies with a thesis on the topic of “Die Münzfunde des 9. – 17. Jh. aus Westestland und Saaremaa als Geschichtsquellen” (translates as “Coin finds of the 9th to the 17th century of Western Estonia and Saaremaa as historical sources”). His dissertation, “Das Münzwesen Livlands im 16. Jahrhundert (1515-1581/94)”, also written in German, was published by the Stockholm Numismatic Institute in 1995.

Since 1976 Ivar Leimus has been working at the Estonian Historical Museum: He is Research assistant and curator of the coin collection of the Estonian Historical Museums and gives lectures at the Institute of History at the University of Tartu and in Tallinn. 

His academic focus comprises Estonia’s history of money from the medieval period to the 20th century, whereby Ivar Leimus by all means looks across borders. He is a specialist for finds of the Viking Age, has published the Islamic coins found in Estonia, and has translated the chronicles of Johann Renner and Christian Kelch from early modern German to Estonian.

In 1994, Ivar Leimus received the Artur Puksowi Award. And for his Sylloge volume featuring the Islamic coins of the public collections of Estonia he was awarded the Samir-Shamma-Prize by the Royal Numismatic Society.

Ivar Leimus is founding member and first chairman of the Association of Baltic Numismatists. He is a member of the Baltic Historic Commission and corresponding member of the Finnish Prehistoric Society. Furthermore, he is also a member of the Commission, which is responsible for the decisions regarding Estonian coin motifs.

Of course, Ivar Leimus has an entry in the Estonian Wikipedia and also in the German version.

Please find his publication list on the website of the Estonian Historical Museum.

The Museum also has an English website.

The new exhibition “Medieval pleasures. Festivals of the Great Guild in the 15th and 16th centuries” was just curated by Ivar Leimus. The similarity between Urban Denes, mint master of Tallinn, and Ivar Leimus on the image featured there is, of course, by pure chance.

Howard Berlin has visited Ivan Leimus in his museum. (A visit of CoinsWeekly in Tallinn is still pending, but has been on our “To-do-list” for over a year now.)

Of course, Ivar Leimus has his page on academia.edu

On this website, you can watch a video of a lecture by Ivar Leimus on the mint masters of Tallinn in the 16th and 17th century.

And, of course, you may also just simply write an email to Ivar Leimus.