MONEY & MEDALS
78 George Street
tel: +44 (0)1738 632488
Contact details: Mark Hall
Date of visit: 15 October 2013
Nature and extent of collection
13,500 pieces. PMAG began life as Perth Literary and Antiquarian Society which was founded in the late 18th century. Coins, especially those from the classical and medieval periods, were popular objects to collect in the 19th century. Coin collecting continued throughout the first half of the 20th century but with the advent of collecting policies in the 1970s, collecting now tends to be confined to items that come up archaeologically and through the Treasure Trove system.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 150
Iron Age coins: 2
Roman coins: 1,000
British coins: 3,350
British tokens: 350 trade tokens; 6,100 Communion tokens
European coins: 50
Asian coins: More than 100
Middle Eastern coins: More than 100
African coins: More than 100
American coins: More than 100
Oceania: More than 100
Modern and paper money: More than 100
Medals (commemorative or military): 1,330 medals and seals
Paranumismatica: Fewer than 500 objects
Other: Several items
Specific strengths: Medieval English and Scottish coinage.
Library: Mostly general titles – guides and catalogues of various coin series, many out of date
Database used: ADLIB
Proportion of collection on database: 70%
How much detail in database entries? Records for coins tend to be reasonably detailed with legend and iconography information included.
Are images incorporated? We have the facility to add images but few records include them so far.
Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.
Is the database publicly accessible online? Not yet but it is currently in the process of going live.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.
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, in the past there have been exhibitions on Scottish coins.
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? No.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Sometimes, yes.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Sometimes, 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? Yes, Mark Hall has broad numismatic knowledge and strengths in medieval British, post medieval British and Roman coinage.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Donal Bateson at Hunterian in Glasgow and formerly Nick Holmes at NMS (but NMS currently has no coin specialist).
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Currently we have no formal arrangement for this but would be willing to look into it.