MONEY & MEDALS
Leeds Museum Discovery Centre
tel: +44 (0)113 2141548
Contact details: Katherine Baxter
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Nature and extent of collection
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
Modern and paper money: 3,500
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.
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.
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