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Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery

Foregate Street




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email: [email protected]



Contact details: Deborah Fox; Garston Phillips


Date of visit: 22 March 2016


Nature and extent of collection


3,000 pieces. Majority collected in late nineteenth  and twentieth century, now mainly collecting from archaeological archives, treasure cases and coins of local interest.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: c. 10

Iron Age coins: c. 5 in numismatic collections and 6 in archaeological archives

Roman coins: c. 500 and many more in archaeological archives

British coins: c. 1250 and many more in archaeological archives

British tokens: c. 400 (estimated – not yet inventoried)

European coins: c. 500

Asian coins: c. 50

Middle Eastern coins: c. 50

African coins: c. 50

American coins: c. 50

Oceania: c. 10

Modern and paper money: c. 50 (estimated – not yet inventoried)

Medals (commemorative or military): c. 400 commemorative including electrotypes (estimated – not yet inventoried)

c. 25 military (estimated – not yet inventoried) – Worcestershire, military medals collected by Worcestershire Regimental Museum trust and Worcestershire Yeomanry Museum Trust

Paranumismatica (coin-like objects such as counters, gaming tokens, tickets etc): c. 200 (estimated – not yet inventoried)


Specific strengths: Roman, Anglo Saxon and Norman Worcester mints, 16th, 17th and 18th century Worcestershire trade tokens, de Saulles medals, trial pieces and dies.


Library: Around 50 general text and reference books for identification purposes.





Database used: Excel for coin inventory, tokens and paranumismatics on paper index cards.


Proportion of collection on database: c. 75%


How much detail in database entries? Accession number, location, name, classification, dates, authority, ruler/issuer, primary material, method of manufacture, denomination, obv inscription, obv description, rev inscription, rev description, type, mint, moneyer, degree of wear, die axis, copy?, comments, summary description


Are images incorporated? No.


Is the database accessible to the public? Not yet but intended to be so soon.


Is the database publicly accessible online? Will be shared here





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes – military medals in Worcestershire Soldier Gallery.


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? Yes – in period displays cases.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? No.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes but general rather than purely numismatic.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes - medals are used in WWI sessions.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes – History of City Museum Coin Collection, Bredon Hill Roman Coin Hoard (county collection).


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Bredon Hill Roman Coin Hoard volunteers cleaning coins in gallery.



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Yes – tokens and coins from 1800 onwards

Coin cleaning and conservation volunteers working on Bredon Hill Roman Coin Hoard


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes – Murray Andrews, UCL PhD student working on medieval coin hoard, Angie Bolton, PAS, Paul Withers at Galata Coins, Worcestershire Yeomanry Museum Trust and Worcestershire Regimental Museum Trust for military medals.


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