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Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

Dumbarton Road





tel: +44 (0)1786 471917




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Michael McGinnes


Date of visit: 16 October 2013


Nature and extent of collection


6796 pieces. We have a variety of coins in our collection, but now by and large only collect material relating to Scotland and Stirling in particular.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 73

Roman coins: 149

British coins: 631

British tokens: 3,664

European coins: 1318 (including British, Roman and Greek)

Asian coins: 611

Middle Eastern coins: 16

African coins: 33

American coins: 152

Oceania: 25

Paper money: 64 banknotes

Medals: 33

Paranumismatica: 27 card counters

Specific strengths: Scottish coinage, communion tokens.


Library: Limited reference books on identifying coins. Small collection of 19th century medals and coins books.





Database used: ADLIB Museum Standard Edition.


Proportion of collection on database: 100%


How much detail in database entries? Entries usually contain dates, place the coins were minted, marks on the coins. Some information about usage.


Are images incorporated? Only a very small number of the records have images.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, but only a small number of coins are on display.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? No.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Yes, in 2012 we held an exhibition of 60 French tokens.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? No.


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



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? Yes.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? We have some knowledge of Roman and Greek coins.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we are able to consult the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow.


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A