Catalogue of Mr Will. Clayton’s Greek Coins - London, British Library - Harley MS 6941, ff.35–9

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Catalogue of Mr Will. Clayton’s Greek Coins - London, British Library - Harley MS 6941, ff.35–9
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  16004
TitleTitel of the book. Catalogue of Mr Will. Clayton’s Greek Coins
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. London 51° 30' 26.80" N, 0° 7' 39.96" W
InventoryInventory number. Harley MS 6941, ff.35–9
AuthorAuthor of the document. Harrington Yarborough
CollectorCollector. William Clayton, Harrington Yarborough
Catalogue dateDate when the catalogue was issued: day - month - year . April 4, 1721
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Humfrey Wanley, William Clayton
LiteratureReference to literature. Burnett 2020b, p. 6171
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Greek , Silver , Bronze , Ptolemies , Gold , Seleucids , Syria , Roman Provincial , Mesopotamia , Cyme , Magnesia , Myrina , Cos , Athens , Syracuse , Velia , Dyrrhachium , Massalia
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'The catalogue lists about 125 Greek coins, mostly of silver and bronze, but it included one gold Ptolemaic coin. It starts with ‘Seleucidae &c’, mostly silver and bronze of the Seleucid kings of Syria (f.36vr); the next section is entitled ‘Oppida’ and is a long list of Roman provincial coins, listed by by emperor, and mostly coming from Syria or Mesopotamia (ff.36v–39r); there is then a gap, and a final list of miscellaneous Greek coins, several from western Turkey (Cyme, Magnesia, Myrina, Cos), followed by a list of miscellaneous Greek coins (Athens, Syracuse, Velia in Italy, Dyrrhachium, Massalia; and then a few more coins of Syrian cities (ff.39rv). Whether or not they were bought for Harley by Wanley is not recorded.
The list is not in Clayton’s handwriting and, as it contains the three coins he had given to Thoresby, it must have been drawn up earlier, presumably by Yarborough himself (or perhaps his brother). As can be seen from their predominantly Syrian and Mesopotamian origin, the coins were probably collected in Aleppo.' (Burnett 2020b, p. 617)


  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.