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Royal Mint Museum

The Royal Mint

Llantrisant

Pontyclun

Rhondda Cynon Taff

CF72 8YT

 

tel: +44 (0)14430 623654

 

website: www.royalmintmuseum.org.uk

 

email: arran.rees@royalmintmuseum.org.uk

 

 

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.

 

 

Databases

 

Database used:

 

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.

 

 

Display

 

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.

 

 

Curatorial knowledge

 

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.