These items have been RECOVERED.

£53,000 worth of coins, medals and watches have been stolen from Derby Museum and Art Gallery’s city-based storage facility.

The collection of 1,000 artefacts includes:
* a collection of around 20 18th and 19th century gold and silver watches worth up to £3,000 each. This includes examples made by clockmaker and scientist John Whitehurst, who was a member of the Midlands’ based Lunar Society, and a contemporary of Derby’s famous artist Joseph Wright.
* Coins dating back more than 800 years have also been stolen alongside more modern coins from the early 20th century.
* A rare collection of trade tokens of particular historical interest as they chart the times in the 17th century when merchants issued their own coins as substitutes for official coins of low value, which were then in short supply.

The items were kept locked away only being used for exhibitions and special viewings. Museum staff had worked on the collection fairly recently, but the thefts only came to light when the museum service was contacted by another museum with a request to borrow some of the items for their own displays.

If you know where any of these items are, please contact Derbyshire Police.

Additional Info

Police Incident NumberDC Dee Hornblower
Police ForceDerbyshire Constabulary 0345 123 33 33

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