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MONEY & MEDALS

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Leicester City Museums

Jewry Wall Museum

St Nicholas Circle

Leicester

LE1 4LB

 

tel: +44 (0)116 225 4971

 

website: www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

 

email: laura.hadland@leicester.gov.uk; philip.french@leicester.gov.uk

 

 

Contact details: Laura Hadland; Philip French

 

Date of visit: TBA

 

Nature and extent of collection

 

All numbers below are estimated

 

Greek coins: Very small collection, presumably incidentally acquired as part of larger collections.

Iron Age coins: Small collection held in the coin store and also small amount with Finds Archives of excavations from the local area. Reference only.

Roman coins: Large collection for reference held in the coin store and large numbers of coins within the Finds Archives of excavations from the local area. Small numbers on display.

British coins: Mainly for reference, not currently on display.

British tokens: This includes ‘Mapp’ collection of 785 examples, for reference only, not currently on display.

European coins: Mainly examples that have been obtained as part of a larger collection. Mainly c1750 to 1945. No active collecting in this field. Reference only, no items on display.

Asian coins: Mainly examples that have been obtained as part of a larger collection. Mainly c1750to 1945. Main strength is parts of ‘former British Empire’. Limited active collecting in this field. Reference only, no items on display.

Middle Eastern coins: Mainly examples that have been obtained as part of a larger collection. Mainly c1750 to 1945. No active collecting in this field. Reference only, no items on display.

African coins: Mainly examples that have been obtained as part of a larger collection. Mainly c1750 to 1945. Main strength is in parts of former British Empire. Limited  active collecting in this field. Reference only, no items on display.

American coins: Mainly examples that have been obtained as part of a larger collection. Mainly c1750 to 1945. No active collecting in this field. Reference only, no items on display.

Oceania: Mainly examples that have been obtained as part of a larger collection. Mainly c1750 to 1945. No active collecting in this field. Reference only, no items on display.

Modern and paper money: Very few examples of paper money collected and very little active collection. Have a good collection of German notes from 1920s as a discrete  collection.

Medals (commemorative and military): Freer collection of approx. 400 medals orders and decorations, mainly British or pertaining to British or British Empire citizens. This collection not currently displayed.

Also collection of military medals including a deposit from royal Leicestershire Regiment. A large percentage of these is currently on display.

Collection of local and non local commemorative medals. Reference only not currently on display

Papal medals-not currently on display

Other: Small collections of Papal Bulla found in the Leicester area.

 

 

 

Specific strengths: Mapp British tokens 17th/18th/19th century; Frear collection (see above).

 

Library: Around 250 books and 700 magazines. Collection is composed of reference books and back numbers of sales catalogues covering most periods and countries with specific strengths in British coins of all periods, tokens, medals and decorations.

 

 

Databases

 

Proportion of collection on database: Major Numismatic documentation project undertaken in 1995. Probably 85% of collection on database excluding archaeological finds, of which only about 1% likely to be on the system.

 

How much detail in database entries? Generally high level of detail relating to the features of coin.

 

Is the database accessible to the public? Not yet, but plans are being made to publish it onlne.

 

Is the database publicly accessible online? See above.

 

 

Display

 

Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes - Regimental medals and some isolated examples of Roman coins only.

 

Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes - archaeological excavation material.

 

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? Access to the collection is available via written appointment.

 

Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? It can be maide available, yes.

 

 

Public engagement with numismatic collection

 

Is there a handling collection? Yes - a very small amount of late 19th/20th cent British coins only.

 

Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.

 

Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Very occasionally.

 

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, as well as linking to the PAS.

 

 

Curatorial knowledge

 

Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Basic knowledge on British military campaign medals and local medals at Newarke Houses Museum. Basic knowledge of Roman and Saxon coinage at Jewry Wall Museum.

 

Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Wendy Scott, Finds Liaison Officer, Portable Antiquities Scheme.

 

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