CCCRH makes some of its materials available for short term or extend exhibition at appropriate locations, and we work with partner organizations to promote other exhibitions that are relevant to our research and educational focus.

Cathedral-Coins-coverSt 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

Online Gallery

CCCRH-CC-viwWe are publishing the entire collection online for access by teachers and students, faith leaders and faith communities, researchers and the general public. The full inventory is available in grid (spreadsheet) format as well as gallery mode. In addition various curated subsets of material are available in gallery mode, including all CCCRH coins, the Cathedral Coins, a History of Coins, coins from various major mints: Antioch, Ephesus, Rome 1C, Rome 2C, Rome 3C, Rome 4C&5C, Tarsus; and coins from selected periods such as Byzantine and Islamic coins. We also have galleries for Icons, Medals, Military items and Oil Lamps, and the list keeps growing as do the range of items within each gallery.

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.

Kits for Schools & Faith Communities

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, faith communities and community groups. Exhibition sets that are currently available include the following, and more sets will be created over time:

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.

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 (above left) shows Mark Antony with his broken nose.

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 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.

Islamic Manuscripts and Coins
Gallery | PPT | Article
Medieval Islamic manuscripts and coins are used to illustrate the history of Islam.

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
Gallery | PPT | Inventory
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 as well as first printing of the King James Bible in 1611.

Liturgy Books
Gallery | PPT | Inventory
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.

The Reformation
The exhibition includes (1) MSS before the printing press, including a papyrus fragment from the first century;(2) Devotional works and music texts; (3) Printed documents and other historical materials; (4) Coins, icons and other items.

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 role of religion in world history.
  • 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.
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