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MONEY & MEDALS

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Congleton Museum

Market Square

Congleton

CW12 1ET

 

tel: +44 (0)1260 276360

 

website: www.congletonmuseum.co.uk

 

email: info@congletonmuseum.co.uk

 

 

Contact details: Ian Doughty

 

Date of visit: TBA

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

Around 100 pieces. Collecting items relating to the history of the Congleton area or associated with Congleton people.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

British coins:

7 James I Laurals

11 Charles I Unites

Edward I  Longcross penny

 

Edward VI shilling

2 x Edward VI sixpence

2 x Philip and Mary Shilling

6 x Elizabeth I Shillings

3 x Elizabeth I Sixpences

James I Half Crown

James I Shilling

James I Sixpence

2 x Charles I 30 Shilling piece

3 x Charles I Half Crown

Charles I Sixpence

Charles I Shilling

3 x Charles II Half Crown

2 x Charles II Crown

(these coins are part of a hoard of 3,400 - the remainder are held elsewhere)

 

Victoria Groat

2 x George VI Farthing

George IV Coin unidentified

4 x George III Coins unidentified

George IV Silver Crown

 

British tokens:

Berisford  Employee Token

St James Parish Church

Coronation Celebration Coin 1937

Congleton Co-operative Society Token

 

Modern and paper money:

Assorted pre 1972 coinage

1 Bank of England £1 note issued at Congleton 1839

 

Medals:

Imperial Service Medal

Exhibition Medal

Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal

3 x George V and Queen Mary Silver Jubilee Medal

Fir Brigade Medal

Special Constabulary Medal

5 x Victoria Jubilee Medallion 1897

2 x Edward VII Commemorative Medallion

2 x Randle Wilbraham Medallion

Victoria Jubilee Medallion 1897 (Sandbach)

Edward VII Coronation Medallion

Congleton Charter Year Medal

Victory Medal 1946

 

2x Great War Medals

2 x WWI Victory Medal

St John Of Jerusalem Medal

1914-18 Star

Burma Star with ribbon

Africa Star with ribbon

France and Germany Star with ribbon

Defence Medal with ribbon

1939-45 War Medal with Ribbon

Efficient Service Medal with ribbon

 

Other:

WI Presidents Badge

WI Centenary Medal

Safe Driving Award Badges

 

Specific strengths: British medieval coinage; medals.

 

Library: Local History and Research Library – around 1,200 items, focusing on the local history of Congleton and the surrounding area, Cheshire, North Staffordshire.

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: COMACs (a bespoke database built for Congleton Museum)

 

Proportion of collection on database: 60%

 

How much detail in database entries? This varies as collections information is currently in the process of being transferred from MODES to the new database.

 

Are images incorporated? This facility is available but images have yet to be attached to records.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? Yes, on application to museum staff.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Not yet but it is proposed that the database will be publicly accessible online in the future.

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes but they are used to illustrate their historical context.

 

Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes - used to illustrate their historical context and associated events.

 

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? No.

 

 

Public engagement with numismatic collection

 

Is there a handling collection? No.

 

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? 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? No.

 

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