MONEY & MEDALS
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place
tel: +44 (0)20 7306 0055
Contact details: Paul Cox, Curator, Reference Collection
Date of visit: 22 January 2020
Nature and extent of collection
176 pieces. British Portraiture.
All numbers below are estimated
British coins: 7 in Primary Collection; 4 in Reference Collection
British tokens: 7 in Reference Collection
Modern (1700-present) and paper money: 7 in Reference Collection
Medals (commemorative or military): 68 in Primary Collection; 76 in Reference Collection
Paranumismatica: 7 tokens in Reference Collection
Specific strengths: Commemorative medals.
Library: 35,000 books and 70 periodicals with specific strengths in British portraiture.
Database used: MIMSY XG
Proportion of collection on database: 100%
How much detail in database entries? Each record contains details such as sitter, artist, size, material, etc.
Are images incorporated? Yes, 100% of records contain images.
Is the database accessible to the public? Yes.
Is the database publicly accessible online? Yes: http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/advanced-search
Are there permanent numismatic displays? There is one long-standing numismatic display, but this is not permanent.
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? No.
Access to the collection
Is there a study facility? Yes.
Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Yes.
Public engagement with numismatic collection
Is there a handling collection? No.
Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? No.
Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes, as necessary.
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? No.
Is there any numismatic expertise in-house? If so, who, and in what areas? Relatively little.
Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, via the Money and Medals Network.
If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? N/A