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South Shields Museum and Art Gallery

Ocean Road

South Shields

Tyne and Wear

NE33 2JA


tel: +44 (0)191 211 5599




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Adam Bell


Date of visit: 27 June 2017


Nature and extent of collection


Large collection of coins and medals.



All numbers below are estimated


British coins: Yes. Including from Gateshead, Stockton-on-Tees, South Shields.

British tokens: Yes, trade tokens.

European coins: Yes, including from Germany and Finland.

Asian coins: Yes, including from China and Japan.

American coins: Yes.

Modern and paper money: Yes, including world coinage.

Medals (commemorative or military): Yes, including some World War One medals.

Other: Badges, coin weights and scales.



Specific strengths: British coins, world coinage.


Library: N/A





Database used: EMU


Proportion of collection on database: N/A


How much detail in database entries? N/A


Are images incorporated? N/A


Is the database accessible to the public? N/A


Is the database publicly accessible online? N/A





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? N/A



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? N/A



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? N/A


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? N/A


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? N/A


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? N/A



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? 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