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MONEY & MEDALS

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Armagh County Museum

The Mall East

Armagh

Northern Ireland

BT61 9BE

 

tel: +44 (0)28 3752 3070

 

website: http://www.armagh.co.uk/place/armagh-county-museum-2/

 

email: Sean.Barden@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

 

 

Contact details: Sean Barden; Sarah Millsopp

 

Date of visit: 2 September 2015

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

800 pieces. Relatively small collection of coins, tokens, medals and associated numismatic objects with specific relevance to Irish history and the local area.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

British coins: 400

British tokens: 70

European coins: 50 (Irish)

Modern and paper money: 30

Medals (commemorative or military): 230

Paranumismatica: 20

 

 

Specific strengths: British coinage and tokens, medals and Irish coinage.

 

Library: Our Reference Library concentrates on Irish History and Local Studies and includes around twenty volumes on numismatics.

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: MIMSY XG

 

Proportion of collection on database: 100%

 

How much detail in database entries? Catalogue number, name, description, date, material, measurements, maker, additional notes and condition, location, associated place and in many cases additional notes.

 

Are images incorporated? Yes, about 90% of records have associated images.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? Yes, via the curator on request by visitors.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? Not at present.

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.

 

Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes.

 

Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.

 

Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? None recently.

 

 

Access to the collection

 

Is there a study facility? Yes.

 

Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.

 

 

Public engagement with numismatic collection

 

Is there a handling collection? Yes.

 

Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Occasionally, yes.

 

Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Occasionally, yes.

 

Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? No.

 

 

ID and public enquiries

 

Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes.

 

 

Curatorial knowledge

 

Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? No.

 

Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? We are able to call on curators at National Museums Northern Ireland.

 

If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? We are very willing to share the knowledge we have with other museums in the region.