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Special Collections, University of Leeds Library

Special Collections

The Brotherton Library

University of Leeds




tel: +44 (0)113 343 5518







Contact details: Joanne Fitton (Head of Special Collections)


Date of visit: TBC


Nature and extent of collection


15,000 pieces.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 1600

Iron Age coins: 415

Roman coins: 4500

British coins: 1000

British tokens: 1100

European coins: 1300

Asian coins: 1640

Middle Eastern coins: 500

Modern and paper money: 2150

Medals (commemorative or military): 100


Specific strengths: The collection has particular strengths in the Classical period and seventeenth-century Yorkshire tokens.


Library: Numismatics book stock not held within Special Collections but within the main University Library (Brotherton Library site).





Database used: KE EMu


Proportion of collection on database: N/A


How much detail in database entries? N/A


Are images incorporated? N/A


Is the database accessible to the public? Not at present, but it will be in the future.


Is the database publicly accessible online? When coin catalogues are added they will be searchable at the following URL:





Are there permanent numismatic displays? N/A


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? No.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Yes.



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? Yes – currently only for University seminars.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes.


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 – although we have no in-house numismatic expertise.



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 – 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