Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History

The Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History (CCCRH) promotes a deeper understanding of the role of Christianity, along with other religions, in the development of our global human community through the preservation, exhibition, study and publication of coins, documents, icons and other manuscripts relevant to religious history.

The Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, the Very Revd Dr Gregory C. Jenks, is the inaugural Director of CCCRH.

From time to time exhibitions of selected material from the CCCRH collection will be on display within the Cathedral Bookshop, or the focus of other special events at the Cathedral.

Background

CCCRH has been established through the initiative of a benefactor who has donated his substantial collection of coins and other artefacts, including icons, manuscripts, and other documents as the nucleus of our research and teaching collection. The benefactor wishes to remain anonymous.

This whole collection has a focus on artefacts relevant to the history and mission of Christianity.

Our materials constitute a significant research and teaching asset in the fields of cultural studies, numismatics, and religion.

The coin collection currently consists of around 2,000 coins.

CCCRH also has access to the St John’s Cathedral Coin Collection for its research and teaching activities.

Activities 

In pursuit of its mission, the Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History engages in the following kinds of activities:

  • Preservation, development, analysis and publication of coins and other cultural items from its own collection;

  • Exhibition of items from its own collection, and hosting exhibits of material from other collections by arrangement with national and international partners;

  • Provide resources for research and publication in fields related to biblical history, the origins of Christianity, church history, and global cultural studies; and

  • Develop curriculum resources for Anglican Schools across SE Queensland and the Northern Rivers of NSW, as well as other schools in the region.