D’Ewes, Simonds - Notes on Greek and Byzantine coins

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D’Ewes, Simonds - Notes on Greek and Byzantine coins
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15768
TitleTitel of the book. Notes on Greek and Byzantine coins
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
InventoryInventory number. Harley MS 254, ff.1-24
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. Hubert Goltzius
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Greek , Byzantine
LiteratureReference to literature. Burnett 2020b, pp. 514-161
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence Latin
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'ff.1–22: no title, though the first page has the number 13 in the middle of the top. It is a list of Greek place and regal names, broadly looking like coin inscriptions, sometimes accompanied by a reference to one of Goltzius’s works and sometimes with an identification of the place in question, very much in the tradition of Goltzius’s Thesaurus. There are approximately 420 entries, but they do not all seem to be coin inscriptions since they include some non- existent (on real coins) items like MINTVRENSIVM, ΜΕΛΕΑΓΡΟΣ Rex Macedoniae, ΝΥΜΙΔΙΑ, ΜΥΣΙΑ Η ΚΑΤΩ, ΠΛΑΜΠΥΡΗΝΟΣ and ΠΥΤΕΟΛΗΣ (not an exhaustive list). One or two entries have obviously been squeezed in later, such as SVESSANORM (sic). There are occasional deletions, where duplication has been spotted later (e.g. ΚΟΣΩΝ).

ff.23–24: no title. 23r and 24r are two single pages, one of which (23) has a similar but shorter list of 29 names of places and kings. The second (24) has detailed descriptions of eleven coins, namely nine Greek (6 silver and 3 bronze) and two Byzantine coins of the Emperor Leo VI (886–912). The inscriptions on the nine Greek coins can mostly (or all) be found in the main earlier list, though only about half of them appear in the shorter list.'

(Burnett 2020b, p. 515)


  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.