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National Museum Wales

Cathays Park


CF10 3NP


tel: +44 (0)2920573291




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Edward Besly


Date of visit: 6 March 2013


Nature and extent of collection


51,250 pieces. A large collection of coins, tokens and medals ranging from ancient to modern times with an emphasis on Wales and Great Britain.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 1,100

Iron Age coins: 350

Roman coins: 30,200 (including 420 Byz)

British coins: 7,000

British tokens: 4,500

European coins: 2,900

Asian coins: 2,100 (colonial and overseas)

Middle Eastern coins: Included above

African coins: Included above

American coins: Included above

Oceania: Included above

Modern and paper money: Modern included above; small collection of  paper money

Medals: 1,400

Paranumismatica: 640

Specific strengths: Roman, late 3rd- early 4th c; English (Stephen; Civil War); Welsh tokens of all types; Welsh medals. Also (at St Fagans) Welsh educational and Eisteddfod medals


Library: A large collection of books with specific strengths in ancient and British coinage. Collection includes catalogues, monographs, journals (complete British Numismatic Journal; a comprehensive run of Numismatic Chronicle c.1880 – present, etc); complete run of SCBI; auction catalogues etc.





Database used: Mobydoc.


Proportion of collection on database: 96.1%


How much detail in database entries? This varies, but mot entries are to catalogue level.


Are images incorporated? Not at present.


Is the database accessible to the public? Not at present.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Not at present.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, but as part of general archaeological displays.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? No.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Yes: in addition to the former permanent numismatic galleries we have had numismatic exhibitions such as Celts, Single Currency, and a display of medals from the British Art Medal Society.



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, there is a small handling collection.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes.


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Occasionally, yes.



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? Yes: there is currently one dedicated numismatic post.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have professional contacts at places like the British Museum, Ashmolean, Fitzwilliam, etc.


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Yes, knowledge and expertise is already shared widely within the museum world and PAS.