MONEY & MEDALS
Department of Classics
School of Humanities
University of Reading
tel: +44 (0)118 378 6990
Contact details: Professor Amy Smith, Curator; Ms. Guja Bandini, Assistant Curator
Date of visit: 5 November 2013
Nature and extent of collection
50 pieces. Mediterranean archaeology, especially Greek ceramics. Numismatic collection is comprised of Greek and Roman coins as well as casts of coins from various countries and periods.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 10
Roman coins: 40
Paranumismatica: 15 electrotypes on loan from the Ashmolean Museum; large collection of casts of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Medieval and Chinese coins from various periods
Other: 10 shells
Specific strengths: Greek and Roman coinage.
Library: Library collection is contained within the main University library.
Database used: Bespoke database.
Proportion of collection on database: 98%
How much detail in database entries? This is variable.
Are images incorporated? Yes, at least 60% of records include images.
Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.
Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Yes: http://uredb.reading.ac.uk/cgi-bin/ure/uredb.cgi
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, but only electrotypes and fractions are included.
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? Yes.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? Yes.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Not yet.
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? No.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Yes, the museum curator studied at the American Numismatic Society.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have consulted colleagues at Ashmolean Museum in the past.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Yes.