Your pennies help fill gaps in collections
3 April 2013
The museum Friends have acquired a rare coin for RAMM’s numismatics collection: an Exeter minted penny from the reign of William II.
The coin is one of only a small handful of William II coins from Exeter that are known to still be in existence. The amount of provincial coinage produced during his reign dropped considerably and the number of mints was reduced from 70 to 55. This coin is of particular interest because Saewine, the moneyer who physically created the coin, was also a moneyer in William I’s reign and there is a clear continuation of design style across the two reigns.
There are over 350 Anglo-Saxon and Medieval coins from Devon mints in RAMM’s collection making it one of the most important in the country. Many of them can be can be seen in the Making History gallery displays.
Friends support the museum in many ways and enjoy a wide range of benefits. A new automaton donations box in the Queen Street foyer given to the museum by FEMAG encourages visitors to contribute towards the improvement of RAMM.