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Harrogate Museums and Arts

The Royal Pump Room Museum/Harrogate Museums and Arts

The Mercer Art Gallery

Swan Road




tel: +44 (0)1423 556188




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Nicola Baxter


Date of visit: 9 August 2016


Nature and extent of collection


535 pieces. Relatively small numismatic collection comprised mainly of coins. The bulk of the coins are British and European and the collection also features some interesting paranumismatica and associated numismatic objects such as money boxes.



All numbers below are estimated


Roman coins: 1

British coins: 111

British tokens: 2

European coins: 143

Asian coins: 12

American coins: 29

Oceania: 1

Medals (commemorative or military): 80

Paranumismatica: Maundy money: 20 coins; Mother of pearl gaming counters: 75

Trade tokens: 2

Other: Toy money: 48; Money boxes: 8; Enamelled brooches, in form of miniature banknotes: 3


Specific strengths: British and European coins, medals and paranumismatica.


Library: N/A





Database used: Modes


Proportion of collection on database: Approximately 90%


How much detail in database entries? Database entries contant mostly basic information.


Are images incorporated? 58 numismatic records include an image.


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? At Knaresborough Castle there are two trade tokens on display. Otherwise, some numismatic material is sometimes incorporated in general temporary displays.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? We once borrowed the Vale of York Hoard from the British Museum for exhibition in the Mercer Art Gallery, this included a large number of coins.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Gloves, electronic scales and magnifying glasses can be provided.



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.



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes, we respond to all public enquiries that we receive.



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? We have had contact with the curator of numismatics at York Museums Trust in the past.


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

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