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Robert J. Bauman collection

Identifier: 2017-027

Scope and content

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The Robert J. Bauman Collection contains chemical and petroleum industry currency collected by Robert J. Bauman. The contents of this collection consist of the various types of currency issued by chemical and petroleum companies in a number of countries between 1870 and 1993. Paper money and coins make up a large majority of the materials in this collection. A small number of postcards and commemorative medals are preserved in this collection as well.


  • Creation: 1870-1993

Language of Materials

Text in English, German, French, Spanish, Bosnian, Bulgarian Croatian, Czech, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Romanian, Serbian, and Thai.

Biographical sketch

Robert J. Bauman was a currency collector and a chemical industry consultant. He started collecting paper money in 1980 when he joined the consulting firm of Chem Systems and started to travel internationally. When he retired from Chem Systems in 2008, he had collected more than 13,000 banknotes. Bauman started collecting chemical and petroleum industry currency around 1990 as a discrete series to his currency collection. He started with currency from well known companies such as BASF and Bayer. Over time and after much research, he also discovered and acquired currency from companies that no longer exist or were precursors to the well-known companies currently operating, including, but not limited to, De Haen, Grasselli, Griesheim, Harkortsche, Riedel and Ròˆmer. In addition to currency, Bauman acquired chemical and petroleum company postcards and commemorative medals, which were added to the collection to provide context.


1 Linear Feet (868 items)


Chemical and petroleum industry currency, postcards, and medals collected by currency collector and chemical industry consultant Robert J. Bauman.

Ownership and Custodial History

The Robert J. Bauman Collection was donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical History Foundation) in December 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Robert J. Bauman. Method of acquisition--Gift;; Date of acquisition--2017..

Alternate Form Available

Part or all of this item has been digitized by Science History Institute.

Digitized Materials

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online in our Digital Collections:

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Revision Statements

  • 8/29/2023: Digitized Materials note added.

Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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