MONEY & MEDALS
Royal Museums Greenwich
Contact details: Barbara Tomlinson; Melanie Vandenbrouck
Tel: 020 8858 4422
Date of visit: 19/02/2013
Nature and extent of collection
3000 pieces. Coins and medals relating to maritime history and the history of the RMG/Old Naval College site.
All numbers below are estimated
Greek coins: 4
Roman coins: 12
British coins: 145
British tokens: 308
European coins: 16
Middle Eastern coins: 7
American coins: 15 (including Central and South America)
Modern money: At least 1 bank note (modern money not yet defined)
Orders & Medals, war medals, orders and decorations, other awards: 2941
Paranumismatica: 382 (counters, naval rewards etc)
Specific strengths: Re-engraved coins, Vernon medals, part of the Greenwich hoard, naval commemoratives. War medals, British and Foreign decorations, Lifesaving and Gallantry Awards.
Library: 24 vols listed in Caird library catalogue (excluding works on awards and on medalists). Books on naval and lifesaving awards, British Orders. Library has specific strengths in Gallantry Awards, Orders and War medals presented to 20th century Naval Commanders.
Database used: Mimsy
Proportion of collection on database: 100%
How much detail in database entries? Maker, size, material, place made, date, full description, associated people, events and ships.
Are images incorporated? Yes, about 70% we hope to increase this.
Is the database accessible to the public? Yes
Is the database publicly accessible online? What is the URL if so? http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections.html#!csearch;authority=subject-90172;collectionReference=subject-90172
Are there permanent numismatic displays? No
Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Yes
Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Several
Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Small display of 17th century medals, numismatic content in ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Nelson and Napoleon’
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? Not specifically for medals
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Can be provided
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? No
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Awards yes
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? No
Are there other engagement activities based around numismatic collections? No
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? Barbara Tomlinson, Melanie Vandenbrouck, Sarah Kmosena.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? British Museum
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Yes