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Carmarthen Museum



SA31 2JG


tel: +44 (0)1267 228696




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Marion Male (Business and Retail Officer); Gavin Evans (Curator)


Date of visit: 17 August 2016


Nature and extent of collection


4000 pieces. Relatively large numismatic collection that relfects the local area and local collecting policy as well as the wider world.



All numbers below are estimated


Roman coins: At least 370 accession plus a  historic collection from which only a sample seem to have been accessioned, plus a recent hoard of 2200 not yet catalogued.

British coins: Over 715

British tokens: Over 330

European coins: 20+ (plus a historic collection not individually accessioned)

Asian coins: 10-20

Middle Eastern coins: 10-20

American coins: More than 2

Modern and paper money: Around 25

Medals (commemorative or military): 270

Other: 40




Specific strengths: Locally found Roman coins.


Library: We have a collection of 25-30 books which includes a general range of specilist volumes.





Database used: DsCALM


Proportion of collection on database: 80%


How much detail in database entries? This varies, but generally records contain minimal detail.


Are images incorporated? Very few records include images.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No.





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? No.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? No.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? N/A



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? No.


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? Yes, the Numismatics Department at the National Museum of Wales.


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A