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World Museum Liverpool

William Brown Street


L3 8EN


tel: +44 (0)151 478 4393




email: [email protected]



Contact details: Chrissy Partheni; Barbara Rowan


Date of visit: 2 April 2013


Nature and extent of collection


21000 pieces. Comprehensive ancient and world coinage collection currently in the process of being fully documented. Collection includes banknotes and commemorative medals.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 833 Greek; 37 Ptolemaic; 284 Hellenistic

Iron Age coins: A few examples of Phoenician and Celtic

Roman coins: 2769 Roman; 144 Byzantine; 337 Graeco-Roman

British coins: 2773; 391 British Imperial; 204 Anglo-Saxon; 262 ‘Viking’

British tokens: 625

European coins: 571 French; 442 German; 181 Dutch; 7 Low Countries; 6 Luxembourgish up to this point. More to document.

Asian coins: 100-150

Middle Eastern coins: 100

African coins: 6 Tunisian; 1 Moroccan so far; much additional material included in British Imperial numbers. More to document.

American coins: 774 Federal and Pre-Federal; 54 Token/‘Hard times.’

Modern and paper money: 5 documented notes. More to document. No contemporary collections (charge cards, credit/debit). cards, or phone cards) as of yet.

Medals: 1400

Paranumismatica: Around 6000. More to document.

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Other: some undocumented pieces, possibly including some cowries in the African collection.


Specific strengths: pre-Federal and early Federal United States coinage, Early English and Anglo-Scandinavian material.


Library: around 320 volumes not including bound bulletins/journals. Specific strengths include Classical coinage, Anglo-Saxon and Anglo Scandinavian/Early English, United States coinage.





Database used: MIMSY XG 1.5


Proportion of collection on database: around 69%


How much detail in database entries? Varies from full record with photograph to skeleton ID and location record.


Are images incorporated? Images are displayed on record page alongside other data. 3937 have attached images (27% of all database records so far).


Is the database accessible to the public? Not yet.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? Not yet.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes, including displays in other NML venues such as Walker Art Gallery and Museum of Liverpool.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? None within the last twenty years.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? No.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? N/A



Public engagement with numismatic collection:


Is there a handling collection? Not at the moment, though there are older handling materials that are not currently in use.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Carolyn Routledge, a former curator, gave a talk on and arranged a temporary display of a medal from the Atlantic Cable project, but generally no.


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? Yes, but on a small-scale basis by current documentation assistant.



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? No current specialist knowledge.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Contact has been maintained with Simon Bean (former Numismatics Curator and specialist in Classical coinage).


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