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Winchester College

College Street


SO23 9NA


tel: +44 (0)1962 621 289




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Richard Foster (Keeper of Collections);

Suzanne Ceiriog-Hughes (Museum Manager); Sarah Griffin (Junior Curator)


Date of visit: 4 July 2019


Nature and extent of collection


450 pieces. Coin collection forming part of general archaeology section in a school museum. The collection is mostly comprised of Greek and Roman material. We are actively acquiring Greek coins.


School Archives with prize medals and other commemorative medals.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 215 (including 36 Indo-Greek and Kushan coins, and a few Sassanian). Also several wall-mounted display cases (early 20th century) with electrotype reproduction Greek coins

Roman coins: 110 (including 27 Byzantine). Also several wall-mounted display cases (early 20th century) with electrotype reproduction Roman coins, most likely produced by the Ready family and distributed by the British Museum

British coins: 10

European coins: 6 (some 17th century French)

Modern money: 50 (Britain and Europe and colonies, 18th-19th centuries)

Medals (commemorative or military): 90 School prize and commemorative medals (17th – 20th centuries). Also early 20th century plaster casts of Renaissance and Baroque medals (about 20 items)

Paranumismatica: 4 counters (16th-19th centuries)



Specific strengths: Indo-Greek and Kushan coins, early Greek coins, 18th and 19th century school prize medals.


Library: Small modern reference library on Greek and Roman coinage, plus antiquarian books on numismatics in the school’s historic library. Collection is comprised of 20-25 volumes with specific strengths in 18th century numismatic texts.





Database used: CALM.


Proportion of collection on database: 95%


How much detail in database entries? This varies – most coins are not precisely identified (e.g. Roman Imperial coins have denomination and reign recorded, but no RIC numbers or place/date of issue – Greek coins similarly imprecisely recorded). Dimensions are given, but weight not normally recorded. Provenance recorded where known. Records include notes on condition.


Are images incorporated? Images are incorporated for nearly all of the ancient coins, but records of modern coins and medals do not have images.


Is the database accessible to the public? PDF catalogues of the Greek and Roman coins are available on request.


Is the database publicly accessible online? Not currently – but there is a plan to make records of coins available on line in a few years’ time.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes – on Indo-Greek coins.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes – a small number of coins are included in other displays.


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? Coins may be viewed in the museum office under supervision.


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? Yes.


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


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.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Curatorial staff have some limited knowledge of Greek and Roman coinage and Renaissance medals.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, we have informal contact with academics at Oxford and the Ashmolean Coin Room.


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A