Berwick Museum and Art Gallery

Berwick Barracks


TD15 1DG


tel: +44 (0)1289 309538







Contact details: Anne Moore; Jim Herbert


Date of visit: 7 November 2017


Nature and extent of collection


900 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


Roman coins: 15

British coins: 238, including around 50 from the Berwick Mint

British tokens: 8, including Communion tokens

European coins: 310, from countries including Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark

Asian coins: 31, including from Japan and China, and 2 from Russia

Middle Eastern coins: 26, including from Iran, and 21 Turkish

African coins: 14

American coins: 31

Modern and paper money: 34, including banknotes from the Tweed bank, Burham Bank, Dumfries and some European banknotes

Medals (commemorative or military): 54, including military medals (World War II medals, inclduding some German material), Jubilee medals, Berwick school football medals, rifle club medals, Belford Rural District Council medal, medal commemorating the opening of the restored barracks, commemorative medal of Frederick the Great, Border Marches medals, Berwick-upon-Tweed Townswomens Guild medal, International Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art medal, Edinburgh 1886, International Fisheries Exhibition medal, 1883

Paranumismatica: 89, including ration books and tickets, Co-op token

Other: 38, including receipts, money boxes, alms dishes, coin wieghts. Collection includes badges relating to St John Ambulance Association, Berwick Bandits Speedway Supporters Club, RAF, the Boys' Brigade, Yanomamo (Rainforest Musical), Northumberland Special Constable


Specific strengths: Coinage from the Berwick Mint, modern world coinage, medals.


Library: N/A





Database used: Spreadsheet.


Proportion of collection on database: 99.5%


How much detail in database entries? Most entries are fairly detailed.


Are images incorporated? No.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? No.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? It has been occasionally.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? A temporary exhibition about the world of money was created around 1998. This featured more than just displays of coins.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Yes.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? 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.



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? N/A


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