Coins from around the world have gone on display at York-based museum (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Coins from around the world have gone on display at York-based museum
5:22pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
COINS from around the world have gone on display in a York museum.
Yorkshire Museum’s Coins of the World project has received 185 coins from 60 different countries including Kazakhstan, Peru and Malaysia after an appeal to visitors to donate their spare change.
In an attempt to explore York’s connections with the rest of the world, Andrew Woods, curator of numismatics at the York Museums Trust, asked members of the public to donate coins from across the globe and place them on a world map in the Yorkshire Museum’s Roman Gallery.
He said: “Returning from holiday with a pocketful of small change is something familiar to many people.
“The Yorkshire Museum has been demonstrating this with a display which mounts coins from all over the world onto a large map. Donations from visitors are added to the map, building a picture of where people have come from and York’s connection to the rest of the world.”
From the display we are able to see that visitors are coming from much further afield than expected, with coins from as far as New Zealand, Alaska and Kazakhstan.
The board also shows where locals are going on their holidays.
Mr Woods added: “We were overwhelmed by the response to the project; donations were coming in faster than I could mount the coins on the board.
“We are thrilled to have received such interesting coins from so many different countries.”
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