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Tamworth Castle

The Holloway



B79 7NA


tel: +44 (0)1827 709 631




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Sarah Williams, Collections Officer


Date of visit: 6 June 2016


Nature and extent of collection


540 pieces. Tamworth Castle has held collections and maintained a museum since it was purchased for the Borough in 1897.  The collections are crucial for maximising access to and understanding of Tamworth’s heritage.


Tamworth Castle is a unique monument offering an inspiring, entertaining and enjoyable learning experience for all our users. Through the collection, conservation, interpretation and exhibition of the museum’s collections and buildings, we strive to maximise access to and understanding of Tamworth’s heritage.


The collection contains a small number of coins from the Tamworth Mint, and some early English coins. The majority of the coins are part of a private eclectic museum collection, donated in its entirety in 1952.  We also have coins from other individual sources, identifications, and a small number bought at auction.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 20

Roman coins: 50-60

British coins: More than 200

British tokens: 50

Eurpoean coins: 50

Middle Eastern coins: 10

American coins: 10

Modern and paper money: More than 50

Medals (commemorative or military): More than 60

Paranumismatica: 10

Other: 20

Specific strengths: Early English and Roman coins.


Library: Small collection of volumes giving a general overview of numismatics, includng some coin catalogues.





Database used: MODES


Proportion of collection on database: 0% currently but we plan to catalogue our collection of coins and medals in the near future.


How much detail in database entries? Minimal currently.


Are images incorporated? Images will be included in the future.


Is the database accessible to the public? Not currently.


Is the database publicly accessible online? Not currently.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, there is one display of 6 coins.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? No.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? No.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Yes, lots of the coins were displayed in standard display cases up until the 1970s.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? No.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Not currently, but they have been in the past.


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, but all enquiries relating to coins are referred to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? No.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, through Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.


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