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Worcestershire County Museum

Hartlebury Castle


Near Kidderminster


DY11 7XZ


tel: +44 (0)1299 250416




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Deborah Fox


Date of visit: 22 March 2016


Nature and extent of collection


4,900 pieces. Coins found in or from the County of Worcestershire. Romano-British, medieval, post medieval. Treasure Act finds including hoards of various sizes.



All numbers below are estimated


Iron Age: 5 currency bars

Roman coins: 4,400

British coins: 500

Modern money: Fewer than 100 (including loan/handling pre decimal coinage)

Medals: 120 medals (all types – military, commemorative, education etc)

Paranumismatica: 250 Tokens (all types)

Other: Money boxes

Specific strengths: Romano-British coinage; Rare Charles I silver half-crown minted at the Royalist Hartlebury Castle garrison during the siege of Worcester.


Library: A small collection of around 40 books including BNJ Journals 1969 to present, CCNB Newsletters, Money & Medals newsletters and Treasure Act Reports with relevant entries.





Database used: MODES +


Proportion of collection on database: 100%


How much detail in database entries? Basic descriptions.


Are images incorporated? There are no incorporated images, but some digital images are stored separately on DVD.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


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. Chaddesley Corbett Roman Coin Hoard. Bredon Hill Roman Coin Hoard (current). Certain coins acquired via the Treasure Act in recent display of Treasure Act acquisitions.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes, but it is not specifically dedicated to numismatics.


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



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes, there is a small and mainly post medieval handling collection.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Occasionally.


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


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Yes, currently coin rubbing.



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? There is no formal or specialist expetise in-house. The Keeper of Archaeology deals with the coin collections.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes there are informal links with former members of staff and volunteers who have numismatic knowledge.


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