Collections (UK)

There are thousands of pieces of East Asian money in UK collections. Some of these are well-known; others are showing up as a result of the excellent collection-mapping work of the Money and Medals Network (MMN). My aim is to focus on those collections that include East Asian money (even just one piece) and to provide more detailed information.

If you know of a public collection that includes East Asian money (even if it’s only one piece), we’d like to include it here! Contact me or the Money and Medals Network.

The organisations below are in the UK and have East Asian money in their collection:


Bath: Museum of East Asian Art (search the online collection for coin)

Brighton: Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum > Coin Room

Cambridge: Cambridge University Library (has a good library for Chinese numismatics)

Durham: Oriental Museum

HastingsHastings Museum and Art Gallery

Leeds: Special Collections, The Brotherton Library, Leeds University

London: Bank of England Museum

London: British Museum > Dept of Coins and Medals

London: Horniman Museum

London: National Maritime Museum

London: Old Speech Room Gallery

London: Science Museum

London: Victoria & Albert Museum (also porcelain tokens from Thailandpee)

Maidstone: Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery

Manchester: The Manchester Museum (a large collection, catalogued online by Dr Qin CAO – search the online catalogue > Zoology > Chinese coin)

Newcastle: Natural History Resource Centre (coins collected by John G. Watson)

Oxford: Ashmolean Museum 

Oxford: Pitt Rivers Museum

Preston: Harris Museum and Art Gallery

Sheffield: Museums Sheffield


Belfast: Special Collections & Archives of Queen’s University, Belfast > Collections of Sir Robert Hart


Aberdeen: Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums and University of Aberdeen Museums

Edinburgh: National Museum of Scotland

Glasgow: Hunterian Museum

St Andrews: University of St Andrews > Museums and Collections


Llantrisant: The Royal Mint Museum