Bell, Beaupré - Numismata Penes Beaupreum Bell

From Fina Wiki

Beaupré Bell, Cambridge, 1740

Bell, Beaupré - Numismata Penes Beaupreum Bell
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15418
TitleTitel of the book. Numismata Penes Beaupreum Bell
InstitutionName of Institution. Cambridge, Trinity College
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Cambridge 52° 12' 19.91" N, 0° 7' 7.19" E
InventoryInventory number. MS R.13.116
AuthorAuthor of the document. Beaupré Bell
CollectorCollector. Beaupré Bell
Catalogue dateDate when the catalogue was issued: day - month - year . 1740
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence Latin
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Anselmo Maria Banduri, Jean Foy-Vaillant, Nicola Francesco Haym
LiteratureReference to literature. Burnett 2020b, p. 3911
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Roman , Roman Republican , Roman Imperial , Bronze , Silver
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'Bell compiled his own catalogue, entitled ‘Numismata Penes Beaupreum Bell’ and dated to 1740. It begins with two early Roman Republican bronzes (‘Romanorum pondera’), but the following section on Republican denarii (‘Nummi Familiarum’) was never written. Bell left 13 pages for them, suggesting quite an extensive collection, as he reguarly included more than ten coins per page for his imperial coins. The detailed catalogue of Roman imperial coins, both bronze and silver, sets out the legends and gives fairly brief descriptions, generally good, but often vague and sometimes erroneous (‘Mulier stans’ or ‘Mulier insidens’ for coins of Claudius, which actually depict the togate emperor). The vagueness of the descriptions and the gaps in the legends suggest that the condition of the coins may not have been very good. Surprisingly, Bell does not seem to have used any reference book, such as Occo/ Mediobarbus to help him (although he does once cite Vaillant for a coin of Trajan). For some of the later Roman coins, however, he had checked in Banduri’s book, noting when a coin was not in Banduri, and once referring to Haym instead.' (Burnett 2020b, p. 391)

RemarksRemarks regarding the annotation. (en)

A photocopy of this manuscript is kept in the Department of Coins and Medals, Fitzwilliam Museum. (en)


  1. ^  Burnett, Andrew M. (2020), The Hidden Treasures of this Happy Land. A History of Numismatics in Britain from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, BNS Special Publ. No 14 = RNS Special Publ. No 58, London, Spink & Son.