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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

The Shakespeare Centre

Henley Street



CV37 6QW


tel: +44 (0)1789 204016




email: [email protected]



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)

Oceania: 1

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.


Library: N/A





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.



Curatorial knowledge


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