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Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Contact details: Fiona Pitt MA AMA, Keeper of Human History

Tel: 01752 304774

Email: [email protected]


Date of visit: 1 April 2011


Nature and extent of collection


All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 60

Roman (including provincial) coins: 208 (+ c.150 recent acquisitions)

British coins: 814

British tokens: 1483 (including colonial tokens)

European coins: 914 'foreign' coins

Paper Money: 10

Medals: 51

Paranumismatica: Tram tokens

Other: Commonwealth - 813; Byzantine - 9; 5 coin weights


Specific strengths: W.R. Hooper collection of 17th century Devonshire tokens; Local medals relating to Plymouth


Library: small collection of reference material and catalogues relevant to the collection.



Database used: MOBYDOC Micromusee


Proportion of collection on database: 70%+


How much detail in database entries? Full


Are images incorporated? From 2010, yes.


Is the database accessible to the public? By appointment to researchers working in the museum.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? No





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, as part of archaeological displays


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes, medals included in local history displays


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? No


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? None specific



Access to the collection

Is there a study facility? By appointment and subject to available staff and space.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes, available on request.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes, as part of archaeology gallery talks.


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, for individuals and for museums in the northwest.



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? No


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