There are good things and there are bad things about the internet, but one of the
best has to be the accessibility of information which used to be difficult if not
impossible to find. Material which might have been buried deep in a forgotten archive
on the other side of the world is now available at the click of a button. And, paradoxically
perhaps for a subject such as numismatics, there are new discoveries, and theories,
coming forward in a steady stream.
Partly, these new discoveries and theories are disseminated by books and papers and
conferences, but also through the medium of museums and learned societies. This section
of our website lists a few of those which are relevant to us, and our locality.
The Ormskirk and West Lancashire Numismatic Society is an Institutional Fellow of
the Royal Numismatic Society, which is home to much good work on Classical, Ancient
and Mediaeval coinage, much of which is published in an annual volume, the Numismatic
Chronicle. The RNS can be found at www.numismatics.org.uk, or by clicking on our
Roman Coin - an Aureus of the Emperor Gallienus.
The British Numismatic Society is specifically concerned with aspects of British
Numismatics from the earliest days to modern times. Like the RNS it publishes an
annual volume, the British Numismatic Journal. The BNS can be found at www.britnumsoc.org,
or by clicking on the BNS Centenary Medal.
We are also affiliated to The British Association of Numismatic Societies. BANS is
a co-ordinating group which links together clubs and societies from around the country.
Many of these Associates have their own websites, which can be reached from a links
page on the BANS site. Go to BANS at www.coinclubs.freeserve.co.uk or click on their
The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme to record archaeological objects
found by members of the public in England and Wales. Every year many thousands of
objects are discovered, some by metal-detectorists, but also by people whilst out
walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important
source for understanding our past. For more information go to www.finds.org.uk or
click on the treasure.
As a Society, we cater for all numismatic tastes and interests, but we are, of course,
based in Lancashire, whatever the politicians may choose to call it. There are a
number of institutions within Lancashire which have collections of Coins and Medals.
Why not pay them a visit?
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston contains much material from some of
the most significant coin hoards to be found in the North West, including the truly
famous Cuerdale Hoard of Viking silver. Also included are more modern Temperance
medals and items of local significance. Go to http://www.harrismuseum.org.uk/collections/121-history
or click on the silver penny of Ceolwulf II.
National Museums Liverpool is the only national museums group based entirely outside
London, and Liverpool is the home to a numismatic collection numbering some 18,000
items, including Greek, Roman, British and World coins. For more information, go
to www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/humanworld/numismatics/ or click on the Liverpool
The Manchester Museum at the University of Manchester has an excellent and extensive
collection featuring, among much else, some of the rarest 17th century Lancashire
tokens. For more information about their Money collection, and about the Museum in
general, go to www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/ourcollections/money/ or click on the
But of course there are other resources apart from Associations, Learned Societies
and Museums, because numismatics and coin collecting are essentially democratic.
It is open to anyone with an interest to observe, consider, collect, theorise, discover,
and share the results with other interested people.
Matthew Boulton died in 1809 and to commemorate his work, and the products of the
Soho Mint which was his personal favourite, why not visit www.sohomint.info? This
is a website created as a resource for students and collectors and contains some
out-of-the-way information in papers by a number of different authors. Click on the
Druid to go there.
The Co-ordinating Committee for Numismatics in Britain has set up the Money and Medals
Network, an independently-funded Subject Specialist Network that aims to enhance
knowledge and understanding of coins, medals, tokens and paper money in British collections.
To learn more about this developing project, go to http://www.moneyandmedals.org.uk/
or click on the farthing of King Henry VIII