MONEY & MEDALS
tel: +44 (0)1709 336624
Contact details: Jessica Tarver; Karl Noble
Date of visit: 29 January 2019
Nature and extent of collection
5,594 pieces. The museum’s statement of purpose is:
To provide enjoyable, engaging, educational and inspiring experiences for all through celebrating the borough’s local history and heritage by collecting, interpreting and making accessible Rotherham’s historic and cultural collections and historic sites.
The collection includes: Social and industrial History, Archaeology, World cultures, Decorative and fine art and Numismatics. The collection consists of around 100,000 objects.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 30
Roman coins: over 1,000, including locally found coin hoards
British coins: over 1,000
British tokens: over 100
European coins: over 1,000
Asian coins: over 100
Middle Eastern coins: 50
African coins: over 30
American coins: over 600
Oceania: over 20
Modern and paper money: over 100
Medals (commemorative or military): over 200
Paranumismatica: over 30
Other: Swedish plate money; 129 badges including school badges, fire and police service badges, badges from various local clubs, ARP badges, mining badges etc.
Specific strengths: Roman coinage, British coinage, modern world money.
Library: 16 books on coins, tokens and jetons.
Database used: Adlib.
Proportion of collection on database: 98%
How much detail in database entries? This varies.
Are images incorporated? No.
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? Yes.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes, magnifying glasses can be provided.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? No.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Not currently.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Sometimes, 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.
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? N/A
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A