MONEY & MEDALS
tel: +44 (0)24 7683 2386
Contact details: Huw Jones
Date of visit: 4th March 2013
Nature and extent of collection
4000 pieces. The Herbert holds collections of Visual Arts, Natural History, Social and Industrial History and Archaeology. Coins and medals are collected as part of the Social and Industrial History collection or as part of archaeological excavations within the city. Although the existing coins and medals collection spans the World, new acquisitions are restricted to items with a strong Coventry link.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 10
Iron Age coins: 1
Roman coins: 300
British coins: 1300
British tokens: 800
European coins: 300
Asian coins: 200
Middle Eastern coins: 50
African coins: 50
American coins: 50
Modern and paper money: 20
Specific strengths: Warwickshire tokens, Coventry Mint (1465)
Library: 15 books - British coins and tokens and basic World coin references.
Database used: CALM
Proportion of collection on database: 90%
How much detail in database entries? Ranges from reasonably detailed to skeleton records.
Are images incorporated? No.
Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.
Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? www.coventrycollections.org
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Drawers of coins and medals in What's in Store at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum. Permanent displays of Roman coins at the Lunt Roman Fort.
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? None in the last 20 years.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? There is no dedicated study facility, but visitors can study the collection under supervision within the store.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Can be provided if needed.
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? Coin striking at the Lunt Roman Fort.
ID and public enquiries
Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Yes, our Object Conservator has expertise on Roman coinage from British sites and general background knowledge on coins and tokens. One of the Guides at the Lunt has knowledge of Roman and Byzantium coinage.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? N/A
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Yes.