MONEY & MEDALS
Contact details: Nick Wickenden
Tel: 01245 606301
Date of visit: 11 September 2012
Nature and extent of collection
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: c.20 (copies?)
Iron Age coins: 88, includes several metal detected gold celtic coin hoards found locally
Roman (including provincial) coins: 2,380 – mainly local excavated coin lists from Roman Chelmsford, Witham, Chignall St James and Billericay
British coins: Very good type series on display (very thin up to Norman conquest)
British tokens: Near complete 17th and 18th century Essex Tokens including Chainey Collection from Chingford Local History Society
European and world modern coins: Largely loose change from old holidays abroad, donated upon return
African coins: As above but includes cowries and manillas
Paper Money: Modern bank notes (largely ex holiday donations), some older German notes; 2 early 19th cent Chelmsford Bank pound notes, collection of local Essex bank cheques
Medals: Miscellaneous collection of over 220 commemorative medals
Paranumismatica: Growing collection of traders market tokens, jetons, spade guineas, Essex related paranumismatica
- English type series
- Essex tokens
- Excavated Roman coinage
- Some good celtic gold hoards
Library: has a numismatic library, which is growing.
Database used: KE EMu
Proportion of collection on database: Probably 90%.
How much detail in database entries? Varies , fairly basic info– not generally inscriptions.
Are images incorporated?
Is the database accessible to the public? No.
Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? N/a.
Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes, Celtic and Roman hoards, and some medieval coins, in archaeological displays.
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? By arrangement.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Limited availability – best to bring own.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? Yes, English, 1837-1971.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? School Loan available for 1837-1971.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Not on their own, but Celtic Cunobelin feature in history of local Iron Age & Roman.
Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Not recently.
ID and public enquiries
Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? We have access to the Essex Numismatic Society and Finds Liaison Officer who can do a more thorough job.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house. If so, who, and in what areas?
Mark Curteis – Iron Age and Roman.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Members of Essex Numismatic Society wide varied expertise in medieval hammered, Roman, paper money, and very good general rest of world knowledge.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums?
Willingness there for Mark Curteis to help with Celtic and Roman. Mark has made point that FLO has not in past made best use of available local expertise.