The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery

Haslingden Road





tel: +44 (0)1706 218858







Contact details: Ella Cole; Jackie Taylor


Date of visit: 9 December 2015


Nature and extent of collection


1,444 pieces. The numismatic collection at the Whitaker is relatively small. As local general interest museum with a large social history collection we are particulalrly interested in local tokens and other paranumismatica. However we do also have a Roman, British and world coinage collection.



All numbers below are estimated


Greek coins: 1

Roman coins: 110

British coins: 168

Eurpoean coins: 239

Asian coins: 40

Middle Eastern coins: 7

African coins: 23

American coins: 69

Oceania: 10

Modern and paper money: 540

Medals (commemorative or military): 115

Paranumismatica: 122

Specific strengths: Roman coinage and local tokens


Library: Our library contains three numismatic volumes: Seaby - Coins of England; Seaby - British Tokens and Their Values;

Spink - Catalogue of British Commemorative Medals





Database used: We do not yet have a digital database but we do use a card index system.


Proportion of collection on database: N/A


How much detail in database entries? N/A


Are images incorporated? N/A


Is the database accessible to the public? N/A


Is the database publicly accessible online? N/A





Are there permanent numismatic displays? Yes.


Is numismatic material incorporated into more general displays? No, currently it stands alone, although medals are shown in our WWI & WWII cabinets.


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? No.


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



Public engagement with numismatic collection


Is there a handling collection? No.


Are numismatic collections used in Education sessions? Not currently.


Do numismatic collections feature in gallery talks, lectures? Yes.


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? No.


Is there access to external expertise? If so, who and in what areas?


If there is expertise in-house, is there a willingness/capacity to share that with other museums? Yes, through Museum Development North West, the Harris Museum in Preston and the Money and Medals Network.