Museum and Art Gallery

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Contact details: Anja Rohde

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Nature and extent of collection


All numbers below are estimated


Iron Age coins: 3

Roman coins: Reasonable collection of other Roman coins, mainly from excavation.

British coins: 21 pennies of the Saxo-Norman Derby Mint. 6 Early Mediaeval coins from the excavations at Repton (possibly related to the 874 over-wintering of the Viking Great Army). Edwardian coin hoards – one of 489 pennies found at Little Chester, Derby in 1927; 100 coins from the 1831 Tutbury hoard. Small collection of unprovenanced mediaeval coins of various denominations and fineness. Occasional other mediaeval coins from excavation. Hoard of post-mediaeval coin clippings taken from coins of the reigns of Philip & Mary, Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I. Hoard of 20 post-mediaeval coins found locally, from reigns of Elizabeth I – Charles II (inc. commonwealth). Small collection of unprovenanced post-mediaeval coins of various denominations and fineness. Fair collection of unprovenanced 19th and 20th century coins of various denominations and fineness.

A few sets of modern Maundy money. Occasional other post-mediaeval and modern coins from excavation.

British tokens: c.20 post-mediaeval jettons. Good collection of c.150 17th century Derbyshire trade tokens. Small collection of 18th century Derbyshire trade tokens. Large collection of 19th and 20th century Derbyshire industrial tokens, bus tokens etc.

European coins: Small, piecemeal collection of unprovenanced coins of various European countries. (Mostly German, French and Belgian).

American coins: Tiny collection of modern US coins.

Paper Money: c.50 early 19th century banknotes from Derbyshire and other regional banks. Small collection of pristine 20th century UK banknotes. Small collection of military issue banknotes. c.30 early 20th century German and other European banknotes. c.50 early 19th century banknotes from Derbyshire and other regional banks. Small collection of pristine 20th century UK banknotes. Small collection of military issue banknotes. c.30 early 20th century German and other European banknotes.

Medals: A large collection of 18th and 19th century nationally issued commemorative medals for various public events. A small collection of 19th century locally issued commemorative medals for local or national events (including a large number of medals commemorating the opening of Derby Free Library and Museum in 1879). A small collection of awards presented to local people, including locally-issued awards and national awards (such as lifesaving awards or medals from the Great Exhibition in 1851).

Paranumismatica: Small collection of 1980s and 1990s credit cards, debit cards and ATM cards. c.20 specimens of Thomas Cook travellers cheques. 1 early 19th century bank note printing plate from a Derbyshire bank.


Specific strengths: Coins of the Saxo-Norman mint at Derby.


Library: Small (estimated at c.30 books and about a dozen articles etc.)




Database used: MODES xml


Proportion of collection on database: About 30% of the collection objects have individual records on the database. An estimated further 45% are part of group records.


How much detail in database entries? Huge variation.


Are images incorporated? Some records have images but only a small percentage.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so?





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? A very few archaeological coins & tokens; some replica medals telling the story of the Jacobite rebellion.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Small, single-case displays within the general archaeology gallery e.g. coins of the Derby mint; Roman coins found in Derby.



Access to the collection

Is there a study facility? Researchers would be accommodated in a staff office.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Lighting is not adequate for close inspection of small artefacts; space is limited (we could only accommodate one or two people at a time).



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Technically yes – a small collection of 19th and 20th century coins and a few WRL replica Roman coins


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes, once or twice per year.


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? We sometimes use numismatics from the permanent collection during handling sessions, usually as part of other museum-wide events, such as Viking Day. This happens once or twice per year.



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? One current and two former FLO's, we all therefore have experience and training in identifying coins found in Britain. Anja Rohde has interest in numismatics, especially late Saxon, Viking and early Norman pennies.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? PAS contacts e.g. Roger Bland, Sam Moorhead, Ian Leins etc. at the BM; John Naylor at the Ashmolean.


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums or is this already in place? We are happy to share our expertise (such as it is!) as required. As an ex-FLO I have provided some basic training in identification of British coins to Bassetlaw Museum (and have created some crib sheets for this purpose). I have also been working with Nottingham University Museum to provide coins-based workshops and am hoping to do a quick audit of their collection.

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