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Collection Title
Numismatics Collection
Description
The collection consists of about 15,000 coins and medals ranging from classical to modern also included are trade and town tokens. The collection has particular strengths in the Classical period and seventeenth-century Yorkshire tokens.
The collection has been formed on several core collections - the 18th century Winchester Cabinet, the Anonymous Gift and the Thackray Collection
History of the Coin Collection
1918: teaching collection of Roman bronze and silver coins held by Department of Latin
1949: Roman coin collection donated by Yorkshire Archaeological Society
1954: Winchester Cabinet purchased from the Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral.
1950s: acquisition of the Poros hoard, over 250 Roman coins mainly from the reigns of Severus Alexander, Gordian III and Philip I.
1957: The Anonymous Gift - a donation of over 1,000 coins from Alderman Horace Hird of Bradford.
1990-1994 - The Anonymous Gift - a donation of over 1,000 coins from Alderman Horace Hird of Bradford. The gift included coins ranging from the Iron Age to William IV and had been chosen to fill gaps in the existing collection. It also included a notable selection of seventeenth-century tokens relating to Yorkshire and Derbyshire
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17th century Yorkshire tokens.The Anonymous Gift - a donation of over 1,000 coins from Alderman Horace Hird of Bradford. The gift included coins ranging from the Iron Age to William IV and had been chosen to fill gaps in the existing collection. It also included a notable selection of seventeenth-century tokens relating to Yorkshire and Derbyshire Winchester Cabinet purchased from the Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral. This 18th century coin cabinet had been collected by, Fellow of New College, Oxford and bequeathed to Winchester Cathedral in 1764. It remained virtually untouched for two centuries (with minor additions in 1769 and 1900-1911). It contains about 3,000 coins with a strong emphasis on Greek and Roman but also a wide variety of English coins from the Iron Age to the 18th century (plus later 19th century additions) Poros hoard, over 250 Roman coins mainly from the reigns of Severus Alexander, Gordian III and Philip I. Thackray donation - Approximately 11,000 coins and tokens were donated by Mr. Paul Thackray. Many are Roman, but there are also Chinese, Sassanian, Byzantine, British, European and modern World coins.
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Location Details

University of Leeds, Art Collections And Gallery
Parkinson Building, Woodhouse Lane Leeds YORKSHIRE LS2 9JT United Kingdom
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YH000107 
Telephone
0113 34 32777
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Fax: 0113 34 35561(mark for Attn: University Galle 
Visiting Information
During exhibitions: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm (for extra opening see exhibitions details. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. NB The Gallery, including the Permanent Collection Room, is closed during temporary exhibition changeover
Admission to the gallery is free.
Wheelchair access to the Gallery (Parkinson Building) Please ring us two days in advance so that we can help you plan your visit. Guide dogs are welcome.(PDF) is available: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/students/campus.pdf
Collections Overview
The Art Collections were first formed in the 1880s with the beginning of the Yorkshire College and consist of approximately 2,000 items. These are mainly European, principally British, paintings, drawings and prints, dating from the 16th century to the present day, with small collections of sculpture, ceramics and photographs. There is, in addition, a small group of Chinese and Japanese art. The Collections were formed by gifts and bequests from friends of the University, and purchases made by the University. A few items are on long-term loan. There is a large collection of formal University portraits.
Display Overview
The University Gallery offers a Programme of Exhibitions and has a Permanent Collection Room given over to the display of selected items from the University Art Collection. Accumulated over more than a hundred years, the Collection consists mainly of European, principally British paintings, drawings and prints, dating from the 17th century up to the present day, with small collections of sculpture, ceramics, and photographs.
Star Objects
Outstanding elements are the Sadler Gift of early 20th-century British art, the collections of drawings and paintings by artists of the Camden Town and Bloomsbury groups and their contemporaries, and works by former Gregory Fellows in Painting and Sculpture.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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