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Rye Castle Museum

3 East Street


TN31 7JY


tel: +44 (0)1797 226728




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Sarah Cooper (coins); Linden Thomas (curator) Jo Kirkham (chairman)


Date of visit: 2 April 2013


Nature and extent of collection


960 pieces. Artefacts from Rye and the surrounding area. The numismatic collection is mainly comprised of medals and hop tokens but also features ancient and modern coinage from around the world.


All numbers below are estimated


Roman coins: 24

British coins: 18 English; 1 Scottish

British tokens: 631

European coins: 

23 French

5 German

2 Italian

5 Belgian

1 Russian

1 Netherlands

Asian coins: 

5 India

3 Turkey

4 Egypt

American coins: 2

Canadian coins: 1

Medals (commemorative or military): 182

Other: 52 badges

Specific strengths: Hop tokens


Library: N/A





Database used: Modes Complete


Proportion of collection on database: Around 90%


How much detail in database entries? Each entry contains a lot of detail.


Are images incorporated? Very few records include images.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No.





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? No.



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? Not yet.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Not currently but they will in the future.


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, Sarah Cooper has some minimal expertise.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes.


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