CCCRH will make some of its materials available for exhibition at appropriate locations, and will work with other organizations to promote other exhibitions that are relevant to our research and educational focus.

Video introduction to the online galleries for selected resources from the collection of the CCCRH Foundation. Discover how to preview available exhibitions and teaching kits before you request them for your school or parish.


St John’s Cathedral Coin Collection

This is a permanent display at the Anglican Cathedral in Ann Street, Brisbane. It features coins relevant to biblical studies and church history. Admission is free of charge when the Cathedral is open. An information booklet about the collection is available for purchase at the Cathedral Shop. Virtual tour


Kits for RE Teachers and Parishes

CCCRH has published a helpful guide to creating a Numismatic Kit for RE Teachers, prepared by CCCRH researcher, Dr Peter Lewis. This guide first appeared as an article in the October 2019 issue of the Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine (vol 22/9, 52–56).

The Centre has also begun to publish sets of resources around particular learning units, beginning with work units from the religious education program at Clarence Valley Anglican School. The first of these resource sets is for a Year Five RE unit: From the Maccabees to Herod.

Several teaching kits have been prepared and are available to be borrowed by schools:

Numismatic Kit 1: Gallery | PPT
Numismatic Kit 2: Gallery | PPT
Numismatic Kit 3: Gallery | PPT

From the Maccabees to Herod: Gallery | PDF
Roman Emperors of Second Century (Small Change: 38 x 2C sestertii): Gallery
Roman Emperors of Third Century: Gallery

Oil Lamps: Gallery


Traveling Exhibitions

The Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History has several curated sets of historical material that are available for loan to schools, churches and community groups. Exhibition sets that are currently available include the following, and more sets will be created over time:

The coins of Ephesus
Gallery | PPT
34 coins from the seventh century BCE to the third century CE. Each coin is attached to an A4 card. The city and its connection with St Paul are explained.



The coins of Tarsus
Gallery | PPT
35 coins from the fifth century BCE to the third century CE. Each coin is attached to an A4 card by a ribbon. Tarsus was the home-town of St Paul.



A history of coins
Gallery | PPT
There are 23 coins from the beginning of coinage in the 7thcentury BC to 2018.  There are also some large Roman coins for the students to handle. Each coin is attached to an A4 card by a ribbon. Four of the coins are replicas.


Albert Schweitzer

Stamps, coins and medals illustrate the life of Albert Schweitzer, the famous medical missionary and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. The exhibits include letters hand-written by Schweitzer.



The Bible in English

Bible manuscripts and early printed Bibles tell the story of how the Bible came to be written in English. The exhibition includes a page from a first edition copy of Erasmus’ Greek New Testament



Books of Liturgy

Manuscripts and printed books are used to illustrate the history of liturgy and to explain what liturgy means. The emphasis is on what the major denominations have in common.



A display of 15 Russian icons, mostly from the 19th century, to introduce art students to this different way of visualizing Christian subjects. This exhibition may also be of interest to Christians more generally.



The Reformation

The display consists of 4 parts: 1. MSS before the printing press, including a papyrus fragment from the first century CE; 2. Devotional works (Books of Hours) and music texts; 3. Printed documents and other historical materials; 4. Coins, icons and other items.



Islamic Manuscripts and Coins

Medieval Islamic manuscripts and coins are used to illustrate the history of Islam.




The Roman Empire to 100 CE
Gallery | PPT
There are 20 coins with portraits of all the Roman emperors. This kit includes some large coins for students to handle and other objects such as Roman lamps.

This denarius (left) shows Mark Antony with his broken nose.


Download the catalog of available exhibitions as a PDF.

For more information please visit the CCCRH website or contact Dr Lewis at pelew3@gmail.com

  • The aim of these traveling exhibitions is to stimulate interest in the history of Christianity.
  • Each exhibition consists of a number of items such as coins, Bible manuscripts and maps. A PowerPoint presentation explains each exhibition.
  • CCCRH researcher, Dr Peter Lewis, sets up the display in consultation with college staff. It can be supervised by RE teachers, chaplains and librarians, and suitable sites include the college library. Usually, an exhibition is at a college for a week. Dr Lewis can show the PowerPoint presentation to staff after setting up the display. He can also make prior visits.
  • Questionnaires for students to complete are available. Possible student projects include inviting each student to “adopt” an item. They would have to learn about it and explain it to other students or write a one-page essay. The prize could be an ancient coin.