Royal Museums Greenwich


Romney Road,



SE10 9NF



tel: +44 (0)20 8858 4422

email: research @


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)

Medals: 1962

Orders & Medals, war medals, orders and decorations, other awards: 2941

Paranumismatica: 382 (counters, naval rewards etc)

Other: 149


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?!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



Curatorial knowledge


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