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: TBC
Nature and extent of collection
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: https://library.leeds.ac.uk/special-collections
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.
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