MONEY & MEDALS
Southend Central Museum
tel: +44 (0)1702 434449
Contact details: Ken Crowe
Tel: 01702 434449
Email: kencrowe @ southend.gov.uk
Date of visit: 3.12.12
Nature and extent of collection
Greek coins: Fewer than 5
Iron Age coins: 9
Roman (including provincial) coins: 270
British coins: 160 (dated 500-1699)
British tokens: 150
European coins: 130
Asian coins: 25
Middle Eastern coins: Fewer than 10
American (USA and South America) coins: 15
Oceania: See under colonial coins
Modern and Paper Money: 530 (1700-present day)
Medals: c.50 military medals
Paranumismatica: 130 pieces (includes commemorative medals and school attendance medals)
Specific strengths: Post-medieval British coinage to c. 1900; local trade tokens; excellent series of school attendance medals.
Library: Small general collection.
Database used: MODES xml
Proportion of collection on database: 40%
How much detail in database entries? Ideally (but varies with resources); denomination, issuer, metal, design, legend, die axis, designer, mint mark, date, additional notes.
Are images incorporated? No
Is the database accessible to the public? Not yet (but planned to be, following adoption of MODES xml.)
Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Not yet.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes, occasionally.
Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Yes; general display of English coinage.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? Only in main office.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? A small handling collection used by Education team.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Only in ‘Romans’.
Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Not yet.
ID and public enquiries
Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house. If so, who, and in what areas? Curator of Human History (very general knowledge; no specialist knowledge).
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes; county numismatic society.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? See above.