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MONEY & MEDALS

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Rye Castle Museum

3 East Street

Rye

TN31 7JY

 

tel: +44 (0)1797 226728

 

website: www.ryemuseum.co.uk

 

email: info@ryemuseum.co.uk

 

 

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

 

 

Databases

 

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.

 

 

Display

 

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