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Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Castle Wynd




tel: +44 (0)1463 237114




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Kari Moodie


Date of visit: 14 October 2013


Nature and extent of collection


5000 pieces. Our collection includes a large Scottish coin collection as well as trade and communion tokens, military and sporting medals, and English, European and Asian coins. Additionally, we have the Belladrum Coin Hoard which marks the first Roman coin hoard to have been found in the Beauly Firth and a Civil War hoard of 17th century coins, some of which were purposefully defaced during the period.


We are particularly interested in collecting items specific to Inverness and the Highlands to continue building our understanding of the human history of the Highlands and to put collections into their local, national and international contexts. Active collecting in general numismatics is still being undertaken where objects fill a gap in our collection and knowledge, or where they have a strong connection to our other items and/or our locality.



All numbers below are estimated


Specific strengths: Particular strengths in the collection are Scottish coinage and Scottish and English hammered coins. Other strengths include local medieval, local Roman and local 17th century coin hoards.


Library: We have about 70 books and a journal collection. Specific strengths are tokens, Scottish coinage, paranumismatica, English hammered coinage, general coinage and a range of journals.




Database used: Adlib Museum


Proportion of collection on database: We have less than 1% of the numismatic collection on the database. We have an ongoing project to digitise all of our records.


How much detail in database entries? This varies from record to record but we have an ongoing project to digitise and improve our records.


Are images incorporated? Yes, but again less than 1% of the collection. This is an ongoing project.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? No, but there are plans to make the database accessible online in the next few years.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, as part of other displays.


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? Not purely, but numismatics have been included as part of other exhibitions.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes, we have an illuminated magnifier and an electronic balance.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? There are a few coins in the handling collection which are mainly more modern.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes, but this is dependent on the exhibitions and events that are on at the time.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes, we are open to hearing from numismatic experts.


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? We have had a medallion and coin striking workshop and we have also worked in partnership with National Galleries, Scotland.



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? No, not at the moment.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? National Museums Scotland (Scottish History and Archaeology department) is our main contact for all types of enquiries.


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

Greek coins: 150

Roman coins: 180

British coins: 900 (mainly Scottish)

British tokens: 900

European coins: 500

Asian coins: 850

Middle Eastern coins: 50

American coins: South American: 200

Oceania: 1

Modern coins: 850

Paper money: 2

Cheques: 1

Medals (commemorative or military): 350

Paranumismatica: 30

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