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Community Heritage Access Centre

SSDC Lufton Depot

7 Artillery Road




BA22 8RP


tel: +44 (0)1935 462855




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Joseph Lewis


Date of visit: 23 January 2017


Nature and extent of collection


3507 pieces. Large number of Roman coins from Stevens-Cox collection (mainly collected at Ilchester, Somerset) and a large collection of South West trade tokens.  Small collection of various medals.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 6

Iron Age coins: 4

Roman coins: 1047

British coins: 1326

British tokens: 1079, including a large collection of 17th Century Somerset trade tokens.

European coins: 1

Asian coins: 10, including two examples of Chinese knife money.

Middle Eastern coins: 27

African coins: 2

American coins: 2

Oceania: 3

Modern and paper money: 55 banknotes, mostly local issues but collection includes 1 Japanese government one cent note from World War Two; 1 cheque book.

Medals (commemorative or military): 200, including British Red Cross medals, coronation medals, 1 medal issued by the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London and 1 16th Century Italian commemorative medal.

Paranumismatica: 4, including one coin purse dating to 1800-1840

Specific strengths: Roman coins.


Library: Small collection of around ten books on numismatics.





Database used: MODES


Proportion of collection on database: 90%


How much detail in database entries? This varies.


Are images incorporated? Yes, some medals have images on MODES.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? N/A


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Not within CHAC itself, but we do have an exhibition case in Yeovil Town House.


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.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


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, but there have been in the past.



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes, we act as a receiving centre for the Portable Antiquities officer at Taunton.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Not currently.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have regular contact with the Somerset Finds Liaison Officer


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