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79 (Majority acquired from two collectors, early 20th century)Royal Pump Rooms

The Parade

Leamington Spa

Warwickshire

CV32 4AA

 

tel: +44 (0)1926 742700

 

website: www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms

 

email: prooms@warwickdc.gov.uk

 

 

Contact details: Vicki Slade

 

Date of visit: 1st March 2013

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum has a small numismatics collection of just over 1,200 objects. The Collections Development Policy 2012-17 states that “Coins and tokens will be collected as an aspect of local life and industry. Collections compiled by local residents will be considered.”

 

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Greek coins: 2 (Part of two large coin collections donated in 1926)

Iron Age coins: 1 (Part of two large coin collections donated in 1926)

Roman coins: 79 (Majority acquired from two collectors, early 20th century)

British coins: 388 (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands)

British tokens: 144 (Majority acquired from one collection donated in 1926)

European coins: 387 (Many from 19th century France)

Asian coins: 49 (Including coins from countries in the British Empire)

Middle Eastern coins: 22

African coins: 8 (Including Sierra Leone Company token)

American coins: 61 (Including 36 from USA and others from Canada, Barbados, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina)

Oceania: 1

Modern and paper money: 18

Medals: 162 (Including commemorative, war and local)

Other: 55 Including 9 from East India Company, others unidentified, also cowries and badges.

Library: 4 books: ‘Seaby Coins of England’, 1976 and 1995; Edward Junger, ‘The Seaby Coin Encyclopaedia’, 1994; Chester L. Krauser and Clifford Mishler, ‘1995 Standard Catalogue of World Coins, 22nd edition.

 

 

Databases

 

Database used: Modes Complete

 

Proportion of collection on database: 100%

 

How much detail in database entries? Most of the entries contain basic descriptions, dimensions and notes on damage.

 

Are images incorporated? 47% of collection has been digitised. Images are stored on collections website and computer system.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? Whole database transferred to Windows on Warwickshire website. Computers available in galleries to access the collection this way.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? www.lsagmcollections.org.uk www.windowsonwarwickshire.org.uk

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.

 

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? Rooms available for supervised visits.

 

Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? No.

 

 

Public engagement with numismatic collection

 

Is there a handling collection? No.

 

Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Rarely.

 

Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Rarely.

 

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.

 

 

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? Only through networks such as SHCG.

 

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

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