MONEY & MEDALS
Bolton Library and Museum
Le Mans Crescent
tel: +44 (0)1204 332160
Contact details: Erin Beeston
Date of visit: 24th April 2013
Nature and extent of collection
Our collections policy covers the area of the metropolitan borough of Bolton, so with the exception of local finds or collections we do not actively acquire numismatic material.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 23
Roman coins: 391
British coins: 901
British tokens: 659
World coinage: 400 (yet to be fully inventoried)
Modern and paper money: 18 banknotes
Paranumismatica: 392 badges; 7 counters
Other: Benin currency; some related material in the Ethnography collection
Specific strengths: British coins and tokens, medals, Roman coinage.
Database used: TMS
Proportion of collection on database: 75%
How much detail in database entries? Mostly inventory, but most coins have obverse and reverse inscriptions and designs described. Mint and moneyer information is included where possible on records for medieval coins.
Are images incorporated? Yes.
Is the database accessible to the public? No, but there is some info on Flickr about some of the coins in the collection.
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, there are two temporary exhibition spaces.
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? No.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? Yes, in stores or in the History Centre.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? N/A
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? No, although some objects from storage are used in public outreach sessions.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes.
Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Yes, reminiscence sessions.
ID and public enquiries
Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? Yes.
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? Yes, Keith Sugden from Manchester Museum offers support.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A