The numismatics collection is made up of around 25,000 objects related to currency (coins, paper money, tokens, etc), as well as medals, seals and badges. The objects in the collection vary a great deal, from ancient coin hoards to credit cards, and from Medieval seals to a pink plastic Barbie till! Collecting coins and medals started in the early 1800s and we still actively collect today.
Where can I see the numismatic collections?
Most of the coin and medal collections are housed in Leeds Discovery Centre. Coins and medals are integrated into many of our displays; currently they can be seen in The Leeds Story, The Collectors Cabinet and the Ancient Worlds galleries in Leeds City Museum, as well as in the medal room at Lotherton Hall. The numismatic collections also regularly feature in a wide range of temporary exhibitions
Find out about some of our significant collections below.