Laing Art Gallery

New Bridge Street

Newcastle upon Tyne



tel: +44 (0)191 2781611







Contact details: Sarah Richardson; Adam Bell


Date of visit: 27 June 2017


Nature and extent of collection


Extensive numismatic collection including large numbers of Roman coins, medieval coins and commemorative and art medals.



All numbers below are estimated


Roman coins: Yes - a large collection of of silver and copper alloy coins from both the Republican and Imperial periods. Collection also includes a small number of casts

British coins: Yes - a large collection

European coins: Yes, from countries including France, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Germany and Belgium

Asian coins: Yes, including from China, Japan and India

African coins: Yes

American coins: Yes

Modern and paper money: Yes, including some world coinage

Medals (commemorative or military): Yes, many. Commemorative medal for the Opening of the King Edward Bridge over the Tyne, lection medals, royal visit to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a Battle of Jutland medal, locally relevant commemorative medals, and military medals. Collection also includes some French Art Deco medals by artists such as Coudray, Dupre, Deschamps etc.

Other: Large collection of Tsubas (Japanese sword handle guards) which are very medal-like


Specific strengths: Roman coins, world coinage, commemorative and art medals.


Library: N/A





Database used: EMU


Proportion of collection on database: The majority of the collection is catalogued.


How much detail in database entries? Good level of detail - material, dates, denomination, what is depicted etc.


Are images incorporated? Some records have images.


Is the database accessible to the public? N/A


Is the database publicly accessible online? Some object images are available online.





Are there permanent numismatic displays? No.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? No.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes, we have two changing display spaces.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? N/A



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? N/A


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? N/A



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? N/A


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? N/A


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? N/A


Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? N/A



ID and public enquiries


Does the museum offer a service for identifying objects and other public enquiries? N/A



Curatorial knowledge


Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? N/A


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