MONEY & MEDALS
The Brotherton Library
University of Leeds
tel: +44 (0)113 343 5518
Contact details: Joanne Fitton (Head of Special Collections);
Date of visit: 12 August 2019
Nature and extent of collection
15,000 pieces. Not actively collecting. The Collection contains coins from three main sources: 1. the Winchester Cabinet of c. 4,000 coins (Greek, Roman, English) collected in the 1700s and purchased by the University in 1953. 2. The Thackray Collection of c. 13,000 coins (Greek, Roman (Imperial and Provincial), British, East Asian, British tokens donated by Mr Paul Thackray 1980s–1990s. 3. University Collection, purchased and donated. Strengths in medieval and early modern English coins.
To learn more about the Winchester Cabinet, please click here: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections/view/2177/the_winchester_coin_cabinet
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 1,600
Iron Age coins: 415
Roman coins: 6,000
British coins: 2,000
British tokens: 1,500
European coins: 1,300
Asian coins: 2,000
Middle Eastern coins: 500
Modern and paper money: 500
Medals (commemorative or military): 260 (mainly held separately from the Coin Collection in the Liddle Collection)
Specific strengths: The collection has strengths in the Classical period, particularly Roman, and seventeenth-century Yorkshire tokens.
Library: Numismatics book stock not held within Special Collections but within the main University Library (Brotherton Library site). It features a large, general numismatic collection which includes 1,000 monographs and 27 journals runs, with specific strengths in medieval Europe and the Tudor period.
Database used: EMu
Proportion of collection on database: 25%
How much detail in database entries? N/A
Are images incorporated? Yes, around 2,000 coin records include images.
Is the database accessible to the public? Yes, many coin records are available through the online catalogue.
Is the database publicly accessible online? Yes: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections/collection/1491/coin_collection
Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes. Coins are integrated into the general displays in the ‘Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.’
Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Yes, there have been previous numismatic displays in the 1970s, including one on Tudor coins, and another on Ming banknotes.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? Yes.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? No.
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? No.
ID and public enquiries
Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? No.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Numismatic expertise has recently been provided by our Numismatics Project Officer, Simon Glenn, who has now left the Library. Dr Jonathan Jarrett, a lecturer at the University, has previously provided his expertise on later Roman and medieval coins.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes – we have received very helpful assistance from York Museums Trust and Leeds Museums and Galleries. Academics with numismatic expertise work within the University.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A