National Civil War Centre - Newark Museum

14 Appletongate


NG24 1JY


tel: +44 (0)1636 655765








twitter: @civilwarcentre



Contact details: Glyn Hughes; Kevin Winter


Date of visit: 5 November 2019


Nature and extent of collection


4,000 pieces. The museum collection has grown since the Newark Borough Museum opened in 1912. After the 1974 Local Government changes it became Newark & Sherwood Museum Service and since 2015 it has been the National Civil War Centre – Newark Museum (NCWC). The collection is typical of a local museum and consists of coins and medals found/minted in the local area or belonging to local residents. Since the opening of  NCWC the focus has shifted to national Civil War related coins and medals, although the local focus still remains.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 1 coin of Alexander the Great

Iron Age coins: 1 silver stater

Roman coins: 980. Collection of coins from the Republic to the Imperial period, including several hoards and 1 medallion

British coins: 2,800. Wide-ranging collection including a hoard of over 70 gold unites, hoards of coins from the reigns of Edward I, James I and Charles I plus 5 full or partial Civil War hoards, collection of Newark siege pieces including half-crowns, shillings and sixpences from 1645-6

British tokens: 500. Large, comprehensive collection including 18th century Arnold tokens, 19th century trade tokens, 1811 Newark tokens, railway tokens, bus tokens, advertising tokens such as Shoefayre 50p tokens, Newark Cooperative Society Bakery and Dairy Dept tokens etc.

European coins: 10

Asian coins: 1

American coins: 1

Modern and paper money: 35. Banknotes, mostly from Newark Bank and Retford Bank, of various denominations including £1, £2, £5 and 5 guineas

Medals: 290. Collection includes numerous commemorative and military medals. The commemorative medal collection is comprised of 3 Lusitania medals, including 1 in presentation box, Newark and District Sunday School medals, Capture of Louisebourg medal, National Fisheries Exhbition medal awarded to David Slater, coronation of Edward VII medal, medal commemorating the marriage if Edward and Alexandra, royal jubilee medals, Newark Half Marathon 1990 medal, Freemasons Engineer medal, medal commemorating the building of the New Trent Bridge, a Mumby Shield Contest medal and various political medals.

The military medal collection includes a Crimean War medal, a South Africa medal, World War One medals including an Iron Cross and a "Dead Man's Penny," long service and good conduct medals, and a Nottinghamshire Riflemen medal

Paranumismatica: 60 Jetons


Specific strengths: Roman coins and Civil War hoards.


Library: We have a library of around 700 catalogued Civil War related books at NCWC, but also a library of 1,000 books at the Resource Centre which include around 70 numismatics and medals related books. The library collection has specific strengths in primary and secondary source Civil War related books and local history.





Database used: Modes Complete.


Proportion of collection on database: 95%


How much detail in database entries? Varied. Some have more detail and some are sparse.


Are images incorporated? Yes, 40 records for coins feature images.


Is the database accessible to the public? No.


Is the database publicly accessible online? N/A





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes, of siege coins, Civil War hoards and gold Unites in the Civil War gallery as well as Iron Age, Roman and Saxon coins in the Newark galleries, along with medals.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? Some are displayed in standalone display cases, but most are incorporated in more general displays.


Is there a facility for temporary exhibitions? Yes. There are 2 temporary exhibitions and currently there are medals on display in these galleries.


Have there been numismatic exhibitions in the past? If so, what? Not specifically focused on numismatics, but including them as part of other exhibitions.



Access to the collection


Is there a study facility? Not for numismatics, but there will be for Civil War studies.


Is equipment (balances, magnifying glasses, etc.) provided? Not currently.



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? Yes, Civil War coins and siege pieces are part of the handling collection.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Yes, as above.


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


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



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? Not specifically. Both the curator and assistant curator have gained experience, via training from the British Museum.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas? Yes, via the PAS Finds Liaison Officer based at Derby Museums.


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

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Seige Coins (3)