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MONEY & MEDALS

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Market Square

Preston

PR1 2PP

 

tel: +44 (0)1772 258248

 

website: www.harrismuseum.org.uk

 

email: harris.museum@preston.gov.uk

 

 

Contact details: Emma Heslewood (Curator of History);

Matthew Ball (Project Officer: Money Matters)

 

Date of visit: 22 October 2012

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

Around 10,845 pieces. A large and comprehensive coin collection that includes ancient and modern material as well as a large collection of world coinage. Collection also includes tokens, paper money, medals and associated numismatic objects.

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Greek coins: 44

Roman coins: 381

British coins: 2037

British tokens: 1825

European coins: 3147

 Belgium – 295

 Bulgaria – 3

 Czech – 1

 Cyprus – 16

 Danish/Denmark – 80

 Finland – 13

 France – 506

 Germany – 373

 Gibraltar – 9

 Greece (includes 8 Ionian islands) – 76

 Guernsey – 89

 Hungary – 16

 Iceland – 6

 Ireland (EIRE) – 31

 Isle of Man – 59

 Jersey – 95

 Italy – 209

 Lundy Island (‘Puffin Coins’ issued by ‘King’ Martin Coles) – 2

 Luxemburg – 34

 Madeira – 1

 Malta – 13

 Netherlands – 295

 Norway – 93

 Poland – 9

 Portugal – 87

 Romania – 20

 Russia – 292

 San Marino – 1

 Spain – 231

 Sweden – 93

 Switzerland – 98

 Yugoslavia – 1

Asian coins: 728

 Borneo – 8

 China – 134

 Dutch East India Company – 30

 French colonies (Indo-China) – 4

 Hong Kong – 25

 India – 295

 India (Portugal) – 9

 Japan – 47

 Korea – 1

 Malaya – 1

 Maldives – 2

 Pakistan – 5

 Sarawak – 9

 Sri Lanka – 97

 Straits Settlements – 49

 Sultana, fictitious island of – 2

 Sumatra – 6

 Thailand – 4

Middle Eastern coins: 116

 Egypt – 69

 Iraq – 5

 Lebanon – 1

 Palestine – 3

 Turkey – 36

 Yemen – 1

African coins: 187

 Algeria – 2

 British West Africa – 12

 East Africa (German) – 11

 East Africa (Uganda) - 4

 Gambia – 7

 Ghana – 1

 Kenya – 11

 Liberia – 9

 Malawi – 6

 Mauritius – 5

 Morocco – 11

 Seychelles – 1

 Sierra Leone – 3

 St Helena – 6

 Sudan – 1

 Tanzania – 4

 Tunisia – 11

 South Africa Plus 10 Union of South Africa – 62 coins (foreign & commonwealth) & 1 token – 63 total

 Zanzibar – 2 (one foreign & one commonwealth)

 Zimbabwe (inc. Rhodesia) – 5

American coins: 1,320

 Argentina- 107

 Bahamas – 1

 Barbados – 3

 Belize (also British Honduras) – 1

 Bolivia – 2

 Brazil – 57

 British Guiana – 11

 British West Indies (‘Anchor Money’) – 4

 Buenos Aires – 5

 Canada – 538

 Chile – 37

 Essequibo West Demerary – 13

 French Guiana - 4

 Guatemala – 1

 Haiti – 9

 Honduras – 1

 Jamaica – 16

 Mexico – 47

 Panama – 1

 Peru – 12

 USA – 436

 Uruguay – 21

 Venezuela – 2

Oceania: 60

 Australia – 43

 Fiji – 6

 Papua New Guinea – 1

 New Zealand – 8

 Tonga – 2

Paper Money: Bank notes – 1 box only – currently uncatalogued (as of 2013)

Some promissory notes/orders for Horrockses cotton manufacturers, Preston, 1790s in cotton industry material stored as social history.

Medals: More than 1000

Paranumismatica: Our social history collection contains documents, banks books etc related to Preston banks and personal finance of Preston people. This material has yet to be fully catalogued.

Other: Love tokens. Many foreign tokens are included with the world coins (detailed above), rather than being kept in the Token drawer. Some of the above countries, like British Guiana, are wholly represented by token money.

 

Specific strengths: European coins, Preston Guild medals, nineteenth century tokens, hoards – Roman and Civil War especially

 

Library:  General reference books and catalogues. The collection includes a scrapbook related to the Cuerdale Hoard started by J Charnley Esquire.

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: Modes Complete

 

Proportion of collection on database: Around 10%

 

How much detail in database entries? Good level of detail: object number, full description (issuer, date, legend and type description, catalogue reference, weight).

 

Are images incorporated? Yes.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? No.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? No.

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.

 

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, we have a meeting room that can be used for study purposes by appointment.

 

Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.

 

 

Public engagement with numismatic collection

 

Is there a handling collection? Yes, some ancient Greek coins as well as some modern/Victorian coins have been set aside for handling. We are also keen to expand the scope of our handling collection.

 

Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes.

 

Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? We plan to start doing this from 2015.

 

Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? No, but we are looking to introduce coin-themed activities, including acquiring a set of replica dies for strikings.

 

 

ID and public enquiries

 

Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes, we will provide object identification information if asked.

 

 

Curatorial knowledge

 

Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Yes, our Money Matter Project Officer has knowledge of Roman coinage.

 

Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes , we have links with numismatists at Manchester Museum and with curators in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum.

 

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

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