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National Museums Northern Ireland

Cultra, Holywood

Northern Ireland

BT18 0EU


tel: +44 (0)845 608 0000




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Fiona Byrne; Alison Noble


Date of visit: 1 September 2015


Nature and extent of collection


44,000 pieces. A large, extensive and comprehensive collection of coins, bank notes, counters, medals and tokens.


All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: Around 250

Iron Age coins: Yes

Roman coins: Around 3,000

British coins: Around 11,100

British tokens: Around 3,800

European coins: Around 4,100

Asian coins: Around 2,600

Middle Eastern coins: Around 6,000

African coins: Around 2,200

American coins: More than 500

Oceania: More than 300

Modern and paper money: Around 2,000 objects in total, including credit notes, cheques, deposit slips and around 300 banknotes

Medals (commemorative or military): Around 1,800, both commemorative and military

Paranumismatica: Tickets, gaming counters, around 500 counters


Specific strengths: British coins and tokens, European coins, Middle Eastern coins.


Library: N/A





Database used: Collections Management System, MIMSY XG


Proportion of collection on database: Further assessment to determine.


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


Are images incorporated? Images are included for a small proportion of numismatic records.


Is the database accessible to the public? Yes, by appointment.


Is the database publicly accessible online? A limited selection of our database is available on our website;





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes, currently in our Modern History gallery, Saints & Scholars, Elements science gallery and Discover History interactive zone.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Yes, there used to be a dedicated numismatic gallery. More recently there was an exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the setting up of the Northern Numismatic Society in Belfast.






























Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes, we offer a limited service by appointment.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Equipment can be provided on request.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Not yet.


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, although we have no Numismatic Curator on staff.



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? We have contacts within the Northern Numismatic Society, with Hiberno-Norse expertise.


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

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