MONEY & MEDALS
tel: +44 (0)1252 868612
Contact details: Ceri Gage; Jason Semmens
Date of visit: 15 March 2017
Nature and extent of collection
All numbers below are estimated
Modern and paper money: Notes from, Bosnia, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Egypt, Korea, North Korea, Iraq, France, Belgium and The Netherlands. We also have notes printed in English from Japan for use by POW’s.
A set of coins minted during Queen Victoria’s reign and placed under the foundation stone at Netley Hospital consisting of; A Sovereign, a half sovereign, a Crown, a Half Crown, a Shilling, a Florin, a Sixpence, a Groat, a Copper Penny, a Half Penny, a Farthing, a Half Farthing and a set of 4 Maundy Coins.
Commemorative Coins; 2x Falklands Liberation Crowns, Australian 50p for ‘Weary’ Dunlop, Australian 1 Dollar coin for Capt Neville Howse, First Victoria Cross Recipient in Australia.
Medals (commemorative or military): We have approximately 6,500 military medals, encompassing 4 Corps. They represent orders from 22 nations and span 200 years of military history. They reflect the global scale of the British Army, with the Victoria Wars being particularly well represented. Highlights include Hanoverian Waterloo Medals, the Order of Avis, Order of the White Eagle, Russian Order of St Anne and the female only Egyptian Order of Nishan al-Kamal.
Paranumismatica: American Tokens used in Afghanistan; German Vouchers for use in POW Camps; Arabic Money Vouchers; US Military Payment Certificates from Korea; Korean Dinner Ticket; Bosnia Phone card.
Other: The money box containing the coins from Netley.
Specific strengths: Our medal collection encompasses most British Orders, Decorations and Campaign medals awarded to British Forces since The Battle of Waterloo. Unlike most Regiments medical support is required everywhere, creating diverse and unique medal sets. We also hold 22 Victoria Crosses. One of which is with a bar, it is the first bar to have been awarded and is one of only 3 in the world.
Library: Library includes a small selection of volumes on military medals.
Database used: MODES and Microsoft Excel.
Proportion of collection on database: Approximately 98%
How much detail in database entries? Each record has the medal/order name, recipient, unit information if available, ribbon colour, reason for award if required, donor information and condition check.
Are images incorporated? Approximately 50%
Is the database accessible to the public? No.
Is the database publicly accessible online? No.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Most displays have not been changed in approximately 12 years. Medals and some coinage have been a permanent feature in the gallery space.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Coinage is displayed within a larger display referencing a military hospital. Medals are generally displayed on boards with no interpretation. Some medals are displayed in period cases, here they tell more of a story.
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? No.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? Not specifically.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? With First World War sessions an appropriate medal set will be handled under supervision.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Gallery talks and lectures are not a current feature.
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, however, this is adhoc and not advertised.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Both the Collections Curator and the Collections Assistant have a keen interest in medals and have spent a vast amount of time with them. Medal identification is usually a swift process.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? The local Medals Orders and Research Society have a wealth of information generated within their members, they have been extremely forthcoming with information and support when required.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Both staff members would happily assist where possible.