This week's Featured Web Site is the coins and medals section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England.
There are approximately 5000 coins and medals with a maritime or Greenwich association in the National Maritime Museumís collection. The collection owes its existence to a group of private medal collectors with an interest in naval history.
Apart from a small group of Roman coins, most of the collection dates from the 15th to the 20th century. The collection includes Orders and decorations from all over the world, British war and gallantry medals and art medals from Europe and North and South America.
Highlights include a medal by Michael Mercator showing the track of Drakeís circumnavigation, some of the German medals designed during the First World War by Karl Goetz and a Victoria Cross awarded to Captain William Peel (1824-58).
George Montagu, 9th Earl of Sandwich (1874-1962) presented his private collection to the Museum during the 1930s. It included foreign commemorative medals, Roman coins and a collection of French counters or jetons. He also produced a published catalogue that forms the basis of our online collection.