39-41 Sun Street

Waltham Abbey




tel: +44 (0)1992 716882







Contact details: Jill Holmen


Date of visit: 19 December 2016


Nature and extent of collection


621 pieces. EFDM’s Collecting Area is tied closely to the geographical boundaries of Epping Forest District. We are the archaeological depository for material excavated in the area, as well as chance or metal-detected finds discovered by residents, and collect Social History and Fine & Decorative Art which was made, used, or reflects life in the District.



All numbers below are estimated


Iron Age coins: 2

Roman coins: 159

British coins: 270

British tokens: 15 (approx)

Modern and Paper Money: 85, including 28 Japanese war-issue banknotes and 1 British military banknote from World War Two. Collection also includes banknote-sized propaganda leaflets distributed in World War two and some Forces money.

Medals: 80 (inc military and police issue)

Paranumismatica: 10

Epping Forest District Museum

Specific strengths: Metropolitan Police Force medals


Library: General and local history and archaeology, object identification. Collection includes a small number of numismatic books, including Coins of England.





Database used: Modes for Windows currently, but we are upgrading to Museum Index Plus.


Proportion of collection on database: 25%


How much detail in database entries? This varies, but most records contain basic information.


Are images incorporated? No.


Is the database accessible to the public? Not directly, but data is made available in answer to enquiries.


Is the database publicly accessible online? Not yet.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


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? Yes – we mounted an exhibition based around the Bank of England Printing Works (a local employer), in partnership with Bank of England Museum.  Coins, often borrowed from other museums/collectors, have featured in ‘Tudors and Early Stuarts’, ‘Greeks’, ‘Citizens and Slaves’ (Romans in Essex).  Medals have featured in several exhibitions on the 1st and 2nd World Wars, and the Police collection.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? We do not have a designated room, but material can be made available by appointment during closed hours or when office space is available.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? No.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes – they form part of school loan boxes and topic-based workshops.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? No.


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? Not regularly.



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? We have limited in-house expertise – our Museum Officer (Tony O’Connor) has some knowledge of Roman coins.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas?We have contacts in the British Museum Coins & Medals Department, and other member-museums of the County and Regional networks may have relevant expertise within their staff, but the museum has no formal arrangement with local experts in the field.


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