MONEY & MEDALS
The Royal Mint
Rhondda Cynon Taff
tel: +44 (0)14430 623654
email: [email protected]
Contact details: Dr Kevin Clancy; Arran Rees
Date of visit:
Nature and extent of collection
The Royal Mint Museum has one of the finest collections of coins and related material in the world.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: Basic collection
Iron Age coins: Basic collection
Roman coins: Basic collection
British coins: Strong collection (Core collection)
British tokens: Good collection
European coins: Good collection (mainly related to Royal Mint minted coins)
Asian coins: Good collection (mainly related to Royal Mint minted coins)
Middle Eastern coins: Good collection (mainly related to Royal Mint minted coins)
African coins: Good collection (mainly related to Royal Mint minted coins)
American coins: Good collection
Oceania: Good collection (mainly related to Royal Mint minted coins)
Modern and paper money: Good paper money collection (some very good examples, but not a great overall coverage of paper money).
Strong modern coin collection.
Medals: Good collection (related to Royal Mint minted medals)
Paranumismatica: Strong collection (British paranumismatica)
Other: Strong British tooling collection, minting equipment collection, British seal collection and British numismatic and medallic art collection.
Specific strengths: British coinage since 1662.
Library: Around 9000 Books, periodicals, journals, manuscripts, ledgers with specific strengths in original Royal Mint material and 19th century numismatics pamphlets.
Proportion of collection on database: 10%
How much detail in database entries? 15 fields from denomination to die-axis and composition.
Are images incorporated? Not at the moment.
Is the database accessible to the public? Not at the moment.
Is the database publicly accessible online? Not at the moment.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.
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, all displays have been numismatic in theme. The most recent was on medal design and the First World War.
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? We have plans to develop a handling collection.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Education sessions are being planned.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes.
Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Not yet.
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. Dr Kevin Clancy and Mr Graham Dyer. (The Royal Mint, British coinage since 1662, the British re-coinage of 1816/17)
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, many numismatists are known by Dr Clancy and Mr Dyer.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Yes - we try to attend local museum groups to improve our visibility and ability to share expertise.