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Perth Museum and Art Gallery

78 George Street




tel: +44 (0)1738 632488





email: [email protected]



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Library: Mostly general titles – guides and catalogues of various coin series, many out of date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.



Curatorial knowledge


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.