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Morę than a hundred years ago, in 1884, Mieczysław Kurnatowski began publishing
in Cracow the oldest Polish Journal deooted to numismatics and sigillography titled
"Zapiski Numizmatyczne" (Numismatic Notes). In 1889, the publication was replaced
by the "Wiadomości Numizmatyczno-Archeologiczne" (Numismatic-Archeological Nezos)
issued by the Cracow Numismatic Society. The joumal’s last nolume spanning the years
1940-1948 came out in 1949. Since then, the numismatic community in Cracow has
stopped publishing its ozon scholarly numismatic periodical. The ”Wiadomości Numi-
zmatyczno-Archeologiczne" is now continued by the internationally renowned "Wia-
domości Numizmatyczne” (Numismatic News) appearing sińce 1957 in Warsaw. Yet,
the absence for almost half a century of a scholarly numismatic joumal in Cracow has
distressed our community, and the recurring thought has been that of reviving one.

In an attempt to satisfy these expectations and keep up the commendable numismatic
traditions of our city, we begin publishing a nezu series titled "Notae Numismaticae -
Zapiski Numizmatyczne". It is brought to you by the National Museum in Cracow in
cooperation with the Numismatic Section of the Archeological Committee of the Polish
Academy of Science (Cracow Chapter) and the Jagiellonian Unioersity. We welcome
contributions from colleagues in other centers.

We rely on the presence in our joumal of papers by an ever greater number of nu-
mismatists, but also archeologists, historians, art historians, philologists, and repre-
sentatioes of other related fields sharing an interest in the history of coins. We look
forzuard not oniy to strictly numismatic information, but also to reflection and discussion
on coins as a historical source and a testimony to language and culture.

Contributions addressed to a zoider audience are going to be published in foreign
languages, others zoili appear in Polish. Each zoili feature a summary in Polish or a fo-
reign language respectioely.

We dedicate the first issue of "Notae Numismaticae-Zapiski Numizmatyczne" to
the outstanding numismatist and collector Emeryk Hutten-Czapski, zoho settled in Cra-
cozo in 1894. He zoent to live in a little pałace in Wolska Street (nożu 12 Piłsudskiego St.)
zohere he also housed his ample collection. In 1912, his family honored the late Emeryk's
zoili and donated the pałace complete with the imposing collection to the city of Cracozo.
The coins, medals, and banknotes of Czapski's collection are kept in the same building
to this day and constitute the foundation of the National Museum's Numismatic Cabinet.

As zoe commence our joumal sub bonis auspiciis of Emeryk Hutten-Czapski, zoe beliene
that the oolume dedicated to him zoili prove zoorthy of the Cracozo numismatic tradition.