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Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Chapel Road


West Sussex

BN11 1HP


tel: +44 (0)1903 221448




email: [email protected]



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

Paranumismatica: 43

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.


Library: N/A





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.



Curatorial knowledge


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