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The Coventry Music Museum

The 2-Tone Village

Unit 7

RO 74-80 Walsgrave Road




tel: +44 (0)797 117 1441




email: [email protected]


Twitter: @CovMusicM


Instagram: @covmusic



Contact details: Pete Chambers BEM


Date of visit: 6 September 2019


Nature and extent of collection


Relatively small numismatic collection related to the history and development of music in the city of Coventry from the Roman period to the present day. The collection is comprised mainly of badges and tickets, with an emphasis on local bands and the 2-Tone scene, but also features replica coins as well as medals and tokens.



All numbers below are estimated


Roman coins: small number of replica coins used for display purposes

British coins: small number of replica coins used for display purposes

British tokens: 1 Coventry halfpenny

Modern money: commemorative John Lennon coin depicting two acorns; modern coins feature in the Rude Boy's bedroom display

Medals: Coventry's New Millennium commemorative medal

Paranumismatica: ticket stubs for local concerts and gigs at venues such as Coventry Theatre, wristbands used to gain entry to gigs and music festivals, backstage passes, passes for local dance, disco and social clubs, membership cards for the Locarno Ballroom, Coventry

Other: over 40 badges related to various musical subjects including the John Lennon Museum, The Shapes, Still Life, 2-Tone, The Specials, Madness, The Selecter; there is also a selection of badges on display in the Rude Boy's bedroom


Specific strengths: badges and tickets related to local bands and gigs.


Library: N/A





Database used: N/A


Proportion of collection on database: N/A


How much detail in database entries? N/A


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 - badges feature in numerous displays throughout the museum, and Coventry's Roman and medieval history is illustrated using replica coins.


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? We do not have a dedicated study area, but visitors wanting to see objects up-close could be accommodated by appointment.


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



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? N/A


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? N/A


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 - we offer an informal identification service.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? N/A


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have contact with the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and the Coventry Transport Museum.


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

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