MONEY & MEDALS
New Bridge Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
tel: +44 (0)191 2781611
Contact details: Sarah Richardson; Adam Bell
Date of visit: 27 June 2017
Nature and extent of collection
Extensive numismatic collection including large numbers of Roman coins, medieval coins and commemorative and art medals.
All numbers below are estimated
Roman coins: Yes - a large collection of of silver and copper alloy coins from both the Republican and Imperial periods. Collection also includes a small number of casts
British coins: Yes - a large collection
European coins: Yes, from countries including France, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Germany and Belgium
Asian coins: Yes, including from China, Japan and India
African coins: Yes
American coins: Yes
Modern and paper money: Yes, including some world coinage
Medals (commemorative or military): Yes, many. Commemorative medal for the Opening of the King Edward Bridge over the Tyne, lection medals, royal visit to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a Battle of Jutland medal, locally relevant commemorative medals, and military medals. Collection also includes some French Art Deco medals by artists such as Coudray, Dupre, Deschamps etc.
Other: Large collection of Tsubas (Japanese sword handle guards) which are very medal-like
Specific strengths: Roman coins, world coinage, commemorative and art medals.
Database used: EMU
Proportion of collection on database: The majority of the collection is catalogued.
How much detail in database entries? Good level of detail - material, dates, denomination, what is depicted etc.
Are images incorporated? Some records have images.
Is the database accessible to the public? N/A
Is the database publicly accessible online? Some object images are available online.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? No.
Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes, we have two changing display spaces.
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? N/A
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? N/A
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? N/A
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? N/A
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? N/A
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? N/A
Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? N/A
ID and public enquiries
Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? N/A
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? N/A
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? N/A