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Nottingham City Museums and Galleries

Brewhouse Yard

castle Boulevard









Contact details: Ann Inscker - Curator Archaeology & Industry;

Andrew King - Registrar


Date of visit: 13 November 2019


Nature and extent of collection


8,492  pieces. Whether it be fine art, natural history, historical and curatorial exploration and research, archaeological digs, bio-records, or architecturally significant buildings, Nottingham heritage has something for everyone. With over 11,000 museum artefacts available to loan, this is one of the most comprehensive heritage and educational services available in the country.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 18

Iron Age coins: 3

Roman coins: 5,449

British coins: 800 (including angel and royal weights)

British tokens: 375

European coins: 260

Middle Eastern coins: 208

African coins: 36

American coins: 3

Oceania: 1

Modern (1700-present) and paper money: 46 banknotes, 3 plates,

2 cheques

Medals (commemorative or military): 830

Paranumismatica: 15 gaming/transport tokens, 32 tickets, 27 counters, 22 jetons, 10 checks, lead tokens

Other: 3 chains of office, 49 badges. Other items which could be classed as money are in the World Cultures, Egyptian and Access Artefacts collections which fall outside the scope of this Numismatic Group.



Specific strengths: coin hoards, Nemi coinage (for example aes rude).


Library: we have various numismatic books to suit the needs of the collection, including Roman Imperial Coinage, North, etc.





Database used: Our own Access based system.


Proportion of collection on database: 100%


How much detail in database entries? This varies.


Are images incorporated? Yes, some records feature images. Records for coin hoards tend to feature images of the most representative types in the best condition and rarer items.


Is the database accessible to the public? There is a version of the database that is accessible to the public but by appointment only.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, there is currently a display of Nottingham Mint pennies. Future plans include a display of portraits and fine art items featuring medals.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Yes, as part of a display on Nemi and on the River Trent.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes, by appointment with Curator Archaeology & Industry.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes, some equipment can be provided.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes: Access Artefacts.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? No.


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? There have been in the past, working with specific parishes around the city to do ‘Revisiting Collections’ initiatives, some of which have included coin hoards from those areas.



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes, through the Portable Antiquities Scheme.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Yes, Ann Inscker, Curator Archaeology & Industry has published jointly with John Orma Orstein and catalogued a variety of numismatic collections, mostly Roman coin hoards, in a number of museums.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, one of our former volunteers has numismatic expertise.


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? This is currently impractical due to capacity issues.