MONEY & MEDALS
Museum Resource and Learning Centre
58 Friar Street
tel: +44 (0)1432 383593
Contact details: Judy Stevenson
Date of visit: 9 September 2013
Nature and extent of collection
Around 7,716 pieces.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 7 inc Ancient Malta
Iron Age coins: 3
Roman coins: 4000-4500 approx
British coins: 750 approx
British tokens: 400 tokens, 10 non-British, 1020 Hop tokens
European coins: 10
Asian coins: 3
Middle Eastern coins: 3 Roman
American coins: 1
Modern and paper money: 55 coins, 10 notes
Medals: 124 societies and civilian, 85 Royal, 25 general, 175 miltiary
Paranumismatica: c.20 Coin weights, trade seals, checks etc
Other: 415 military badges, 100 Cloth badges
Specific strengths: Roman coinage, tokens, military badges.
Library: around 115 books and periodicals.
Proportion of collection on database: 12.5%
How much detail in database entries? Mostly entries contain basic information, some are more detailed.
Are images incorporated? Approximately 50% of records on the database include images.
Is the database accessible to the public? Yes, but as an accompanied visit.
Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? No.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Numismatics is displayed as part of a theme.
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.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? Yes.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes, sometimes.
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.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? There is some general numismatic knowledge in-house, but not expertise.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have access to Dr David Symons at Birmingham Museum Trust via Angie Bolton & Peter Reavill (PAS) and WeMACRU.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A