Object identification

The Department of Coins and Medals offers an object identification service, covering coins, tokens, coin-weights, paper money and commemorative and art medals. Please note that the British Museum supports international efforts aimed at preventing damage to archaeological sites and the illicit trade in cultural objects. We cannot therefore give an opinion on ancient coins made and/or found outside the United Kingdom where the provenance is uncertain or contrary to national or international law.

Objects can be brought to the department during opening hours (Monday-Wednesday, 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00). The service is free, but no more than ten objects can be shown at one time. If requests are made electronically, digital images should be sent to coins@britishmuseum.org

All images should be clear enough that any lettering and detail is legible, but individual emails should not exceed 2MB. Please indicate when and how the objects came into your possession.

If you have any questions about our identification service, please telephone the Department in advance of your visit so a member of staff can advise on your particular case.

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
14, Rue de la Bourse
BE-1000 Bruxelles
Belgium
www.iapn-coins.org