MONEY & MEDALS
tel: +44 (0)151 934 2033
Contact details: Nicola Euston
Date of visit: 17 October 2016
Nature and extent of collection
Relatively small yet very comprehensive numismatic collection that is very locally relevant but also features objects from around the world. The bulk of the collection is comprised of Roman coins and commemorative medals but also includes coins, tokens and other objects from a diverse range of places and periods.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: Yes, a small number
Roman coins: Yes
British coins: Yes – collection includes coins of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, George III, Victoria
British tokens: Yes – collection includes tokens from Cheshire, Warwickshire, Lancashire, Wales, Norfolk
European coins: Yes – includes coinage from Ireland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Russia
Asian coins: Yes – coins from India, China, Kong Kong and Turkey
African: Yes – 4 manilas
American coins: Yes
Modern and paper money: Commemorative set of Britain’s first decimal coins, small number of banknotes (including 2 in a frame)
Medals (commemorative or military): Yes – diverse collection including coronation medals, jubilee medals, school attendance medals, Great Exhibition medal, Lusitania medal (British copy in box) as well as a number of locally relevant medals such as a Southport Flower Show medal, Bootle Photographic Society medal, medal to commemorate centenary of St Mary’s School, Bootle, medal commemorating George V and Mary’s visit to Borough of Bootle in 1913. Also Imperial Russian Order 1917 (presented to Mayor of Southport for services to Russian flag day, 1916)
Paranumismatica: Passes for local baths
Other: Badges (including 3 silver enamel nursing badges); brass balances for weighing sovereigns and half-sovereigns. Tokens from New York, Canada and Australia
Specific strengths: Roman coins, locally relevant commemorative and military medals.
Database used: Modes Complete
Proportion of collection on database: 0%
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? 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? No.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? A meeting room can be booked upon request.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Magnifiers can be supplied.
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 but we don’t tend to extend this to cover numismatics as no member of staff has expertise in this area.
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 – colleagues in other museums.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A