MONEY & MEDALS
The Shakespeare Centre
tel: +44 (0)1789 204016
Contact details: Rosalyn Sklar
Date of visit: 21 March 2016
Nature and extent of collection
2,220 pieces. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has a long and famous tradition of welcoming visitors from across the globe to Stratford-upon-Avon. Celebrating Shakespeare is at the heart of everything we do. Our numismatics collection has a specifically Shakespearean emphasis but we also have a collection of locally relevant objects, Roman coins and world coinage.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 2 (modern)
Roman coins: 782
British coins: 338
European coins: 349
Asian coins: 62 (including Turkey)
African coins: 1 South Africa
American coins: 12 (south American); 13 (America)
Modern money: More than 120 objects, including 1 credit card
Medals: 282 Shakespeare related and non-Shakespeare related medals
Paranumismatica: 270 Shakespeare and non-Shakespeare related tokens
Specific strengths: Roman coins; Shakespeare related commemorative medals and tokens.
Database used: MODES, soon to be transferring to Qi
Proportion of collection on database: A significan proportion.
How much detail in database entries? Description, size, acquisition method.
Are images incorporated? Yes, some records include images.
Is the database accessible to the public? Not yet but once our new database goes live it will be publicly accessible.
Is the database publicly accessible online? Not yet but it will be once our new database goes live.
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? Yes, the have been exhibitions related to the different digs such as that at New Place.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? Yes, numismatics can be viewed in our Reading Room via special request.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Magnifying glasses can be provided 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? No.
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? No.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? N/A
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? N/A
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A