MONEY & MEDALS
tel: +44 (0)1903 221448
Contact details: Diana Peek; Gerry Connolly
Date of visit: 15 January 2015
Nature and extent of collection
3,434 pieces. Comprehensive numismatic collection featuring coins, medals, banknotes, tokens and a number of associated objects and paranumismatica.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 1, of Alexander
Iron Age coins: 3 Belgic staters, 1 silver unit
Roman coins: 591, largely from 5 named hoards: Mill Road, Lancing Down, Goring, Pulborough & Patching
British coins: 1226, balance of collection
British tokens: 601
European coins: 1 Netherlands, 5 Cyprus, 76 Ireland, 2 Malta, 7 Spain, 1 USSR
Asian coins: 7 Ceylon, 12 East India Co, 27 India, 4 Malaya, 2 Mauritius, 6 Straits Settlement, 3 Pakistan, 1 Sarawak, 1 Singapore, 7 Hong Kong
Middle Eastern coins: 3
African coins: 9 East Africa, 1 Nigeria, 1 Rhodesia & Nyasaland, 5 S Rhodesia, 21 South Africa, 11 West Africa, 1 Zanzibar
American coins: 1 Bermuda, 3 British Caribbean, 1 British Guyana, 42 Canada, 1 Jamaica
Oceania: 34 Australian, 1 Fiji, 17 New Zealand
Modern and paper money: 10 Banknotes
Medals (commemorative or military): 579
Other: 96 Balances, 37 Weights, 24 Badges, 2 Plaques, 1 set of Military buttons. 7 Coin Cases, 2 Coin Holders, 1 Postal Order
Specific strengths: British coins, medals.
Database used: CALM
Proportion of collection on database: 80%
How much detail in database entries? N/A
Are images incorporated? N/A
Is the database accessible to the public? Not yet but we hope it will be in the future.
Is the database publicly accessible online? Not yet but we hope it will be in the future.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.
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? N/A
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? No.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes – within Victorian, Anglo-Saxon and Roman sessions.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Not specifically.
Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Not at present.
ID and public enquiries
Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes, but this service is limited to enquiries about art, social history and costume.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? No.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? No.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A