D'Ewes, Simonds - Numi Anglici

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D'Ewes, Simonds - Numi Anglici
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15781
TitleTitel of the book. Numi Anglici
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
InventoryInventory number. Harley MS 255, ff.236r-260r
AuthorAuthor of the document. Simonds D’Ewes
CollectorCollector. Simonds D'Ewes
Catalogue dateDate when the catalogue was issued: day - month - year .
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence Latin
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation.
LiteratureReference to literature. Burnett 2020b, pp. 520-21
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Modern , English , Medals
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'Numi Anglici. The page with this title just has the names of ‘Henricus VIII’ and ‘Edwardus VI’. There follows a very detailed listing of coins for Rex H VIII (236v–245r), and then rather shorter ones for Edward VI (246v–247r), Elizabeth (248v–249r), Iacobus Rex (250v–254r), Anna Regina (255v), and Carolus Imus (256r–260r). The use of the ordinal ‘primus’ for Charles seems to suggest a date of writing after his execution in January 1649.
These pages again have original paginations, running from 53 (236) to 64 (247) [59 is missing]; 249 is unnumbered, and the numbering resumes from 77 (250) to 88 (260). The gap between 64 and 77 would be hard to explain since it would not be obvious what could have filled thirteen pages between Elizabeth and James I, but in fact the pages numbered 77 to 88 were previously numbered 65 to 76, thus continuing an unbroken sequence, although why the pages should have been renumbered subsequently is a mystery.
The Tudor and Stuart coins (which include some medals) are described in Latin in great detail, with the descriptions often running to several lines, much longer than we found for the descriptions of the Roman coins, although the descriptions of the English medieval coins were also quite lengthy. Why this is so is not clear: of course, no ‘numismatist’ had described these coins before, and there was no reference book, so he may have felt the need to go into some detail.
Unfortunately, the pages are written very closely and the material is often disorganised, with many corrections, thereby making it difficult to work out exactly what he had. There seem to be some deletions, and some repetitions. Sometimes the metal is indicated (AV or AR), but not always. No sizes are given, making it hard to establish the denomination in cases when the same designs were used on more than one denomination. D’Ewes sometimes gives the value, but it may be a later revaluation rather than the face value of the coin when it had been originally issued.' (Burnett 2020b, pp. 520-1)


  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.