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Leeds Museums and Galleries

Leeds Museum Discovery Centre

Carlisle Road


LS10 1LB


tel: +44 (0)113 2141548




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Katherine Baxter


Date of visit: 


Nature and extent of collection


20,000 pieces.



All numbers below are estimated 


Greek coins: 1,000

Iron Age coins: 100

Roman coins: 4,000

British coins: 2,500

British tokens: 1,250

European coins: 3,000

Asian coins: 750

Middle Eastern coins: 100

African coins: 500

American coins: 500

Oceania: 500

Modern and paper money: 3,500

Medals: 1,200

Paranumismatica: 500

Other: Seals, seal casts, etc - 600




Specific strengths: The most significant collection is George Baron’s generous bequest of 2000 gold, silver and bronze coins of the ancient world and later times in 1854.


Library: Around 300 volumes.





Database used:


Proportion of collection on database: 25%


How much detail in database entries? This varies from record to record.


Are images incorporated?


Is the database accessible to the public? Not yet.


Is the database publicly accessible online? Not yet.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? There is no permanent numismatics gallery but coins and medals are integrated into other permanent displays.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes – in the Ancient Worlds gallery, Leeds Story gallery and Collectors Cabinet gallery in Leeds City Museum, and in the Medal Room at Lotherton Hall.


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? Not specifically but the collections are used for handling where appropriate.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes.


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


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, but the collection is under the care of the curator of archaeology, who has a general knowledge of ancient coins.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have strong links to Leeds University and the Yorkshire Numismatic Society, who provide assistance regularly.


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