Object identification

Staff are available to assist you with the identification of objects relating to the department collection. For more information about object identification, please contact the department.

Objects can be handed in to the department for identification during normal opening hours: weekdays 10.00-13.00 (except Wednesdays), and 14.15-16.00 (closed on bank holidays). If an object is handed in to the department, a receipt will be given and, whenever possible, dealt with on the same day. If this is not feasible then objects can be collected on an agreed date, or returned by post.  You may not submit more than 10 objects for identification at any one time.

Digital images of coins, medals or banknotes can be submitted for identification by email.  They should be addressed to CoinsID@britishmuseum.org.  All images should be clear enough that any lettering and detail is legible, but individual emails should not exceed 2MB. 

As the Museum is commited to upholding the principles of the 1970 UNESCO Convention, which governs the import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property between countries, staff will not always be able to provide identifications of objects from outside the UK.

Neither the Trustees of the British Museum nor members of staff can accept liability for opinions given on objects submitted for examinations, or for information provided. We cannot give valuations and do not provide certificates of authenticity.

Anyone seeking advice on valuations, or on buying and selling coins, medals or bank notes, should consult a dealer or auctioneer. Details of dealers and auctioneers can be obtained from the following organisations:

British Numismatic Trade Association
PO Box 2
Rye
East Sussex
TN31 7SB
bnta@lineone.net

International Association of Professional Numismatists
c/o Löwenstrasse 65
CH 8001
Zurich
Switzerland