MONEY & MEDALS
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
tel: +44 (0)28 3831 1669
Contact details: David Weir; Elaine McEnarney
Date of visit: 2 September 2015
Nature and extent of collection
1,100 pieces. The majority of the Museum’s Heritage Coin Collection was acquired by Museum’s forerunner the Portadown Museum. The coins were donated by a variety of local collectors.
All numbers below are estimated
Roman coins: 5
British coins: 600
British tokens: 20
Eurpoean coins: 220
Asian coins: 55
Middle Eastern coins: 10
African coins: 75
American coins: 70
Modern and paper money: 10
Medals (commemorative or military): 10
Specific strengths: Extensive pre-decimal British coin collection and European coin collection.
Database used: Our collection is not currently registered on an electronic database. The objects are recorded in spiral bound printed catalogues.
Proportion of collection on database: 0% on electronic database. 100% on paper spiral bound catalogues.
How much detail in database entries? Country, monarch/ruler, value, donor, mint mark, year of issue, obverse and reverse description, condition, date.
Are images incorporated? No.
Is the database accessible to the public? Yes, if requested in advance.
Is the database publicly accessible online? No.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes, we have one display on pounds, shillings and pence at the Barn Museum.
Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? No.
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? No.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? If requested by a member of the public a study facility could be made available.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes, magnifying glasses and gloves could be provided.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? Yes, we have a set of 1940s coins for use during lessons on World War Two.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes, in World War Two lessons.
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, if requested.
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