D'Ewes, Simonds - Notes for Thesaurus Numarius Britanno-Anglicus

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D'Ewes, Simonds - Notes for Thesaurus Numarius Britanno-Anglicus
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15782
TitleTitel of the book. Notes for Thesaurus Numarius Britanno-Anglicus
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
InventoryInventory number. Harley MS 593, ff.131-2
AuthorAuthor of the document. Simonds D’Ewes
Publication dateDate when the publication was issued: day - month - year .
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. William Camden
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  British Coins , Celtic , Camulodunum , Commius , Eppillus , Cunobelin , Gold , Silver , Tasciovanus
LiteratureReference to literature. Camden 15861, Burnett 2020b, pp. 517, 5202
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence Latin
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'Ff.131–2 represent pages previously used for drafts of the opening pages 1–2 of his book on British coinage, though the drafts were subsequently deleted when the pages were reused for his work on the history of Britain. F.131 has only the deleted title ‘Nummi Britannici’, but f.132r has descriptions of seven ancient British coins, also deleted with two big crosses, which can be deciphered as follows:

[in D’Ewes’s hand:]
[1] AV COM F in corona ex oliva (Regis ni fallor Comij ex auro etsi vilissimo Numus)
EPPILLVS in ambitu supra figuram. Eques decurrens et pone equo insidentis tergum sex chartis radiorum sine punctorum stella ///tre caelata [Gold. COM F in wreath of olive (a coin of King Commius unless I am mistaken, of gold, though very base. EPPILLVS around above the figure. Galloping horseman and behind the back of him sitting on the horse, a star [finely?] engraved with six lines of rays without dots]

[2] AV CVNO infra figuram Cunobelini Regis Britannici ex auro vilissimo Numus. Equus decurrens et supra eundem spica
CAMV (CAMV procul dubio Camulodonum in agro Essexiensi oppidum Maldona tum appellatum). Spica inter quatuor illas literas media. Cusum Camulodoni procul dubio cusus [diff hand] hoc Numisma [Gold. CVNO below the figure. Coin of very base gold of Cunobelin, British King. Horse galloping and, above it, corn ear. CAMV (I very much doubt that Maldon, a town in the county of Essex, was then called Camulodonum). Corn ear in the middle between those four letters. I very much doubt that this coin was struck struck at Camuldonum].

[3–5] AV AR eadem inscriptio et figura, et insuper tres globuli primus supra, altera pone et tertia infra equum. Duo sunt cum eisdem lemmate et typis Numi, ex vilissimo auro unus, ex argento alter rarissimus CAMV cum spica ut in praecedenti [Gold, Silver. The same inscription and figure, and on the first three little globes above, on the other behind and on the third below the horse. Two of the coins are with the same inscription and types, one of very base gold, the other a very rare one in silver. CAMV with a corn ear as on the preceding.]

[the rest of the entries are in a different hand, like that of BL, Harley MS 255]
[6] AR CAMVL Caput crinitum Cunobelini, uti videtur procul dubio Regis, \dextera vultus parte adversa/ Camuloduni videtur cusus hic Numus, sub eodem Rege
Figura stolata sedens infra quam ... ΙΛ... [Silver. CAMVL. Hairy head, as it seems I doubt very much of Cunobelin, on the reverse a face to the right. This coin seems to have been struck at Camulodonum, under the same King. Figure with headress sitting, below which ... ΙΛ ...]

[7] AR. VER in corona ex margaritis uti videtur fabricata Verolamij (quod in agro Hertfordiensi minoris iam notae adhuc) prostat cusus Est videtur Numus argenteus sub Casibeleno Britonum Rege
: ASIA (procul dubio Tasia) Equus decurrens uti apparet ex consimili Numo magis integro in Camden Britannia edito pag. 62 Equus decurrens [Silver. VER in wreath made of pearl, as it seems, means of Verulamium (which is still called this in the county of smaller Hertfordshire. A silver coin piece which was struck, it seems, inder Cassivellaunus King of the Britons. ASIA (I very much doubt it is Tasia), Galloping horse, as it appears from a similar coin, better preserved, in Camden’s Britannia page 62. Galloping horse.]'

(BL, Harley MS 593, ff.131-2; Burnett 2020b, p. 517)


  1. ^  Camden, William (1586) Britannia siue Florentissimorum regnorum, Angliae, Scotiae, Hiberniae, et insularum adiacentium ex intima antiquitate chorographica descriptio, London.
  2. ^  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.