Jonathan Swift - Edward Harley - 1728-05-11

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Jonathan Swift - Edward Harley - 1728-05-11
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AuthorAuthor of the document. Jonathan Swift
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Edward Harley
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . May 11, 1728
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Dublin 53° 20' 57.77" N, 6° 15' 38.01" W
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation.
LiteratureReference to literature. Williams 1963, vol. 3, pp. 286-71, Burnett 2020b, pp. 1627-82
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Roman Imperial , Saxon , Gold , Forgeries , Titus , Domitian , Irish
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
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'I must desire Your Lordships pardon if out of ignorance I send you medals that are perfect trash; but you have an easy remedy, to throw them out of the windows. There is a very fair one of Cromwell, which for ought I know may be as common as a milled shilling; there is one of a Roman Emperor which is fair, but I know not of whom; it was given me by a Portuguise Cozen, who brought it with her from Portugall. The small one seems to be a Saxon; the other two are onely Edwards, and I think very common, but perhaps you may want one to compleat a Series. That Portuguese Cozen hath likewise a very fine Gold Medallion of Titus, with a reverse of Domitian when he was Cesar; some fool (if she does not lye) offered her three times more than the weight of it. So I shall not meddle with it. the intrinsick value is not above 4 pounds.

I have not heard of any Coin of this Kingdom before the Conquest under Henry. 2d. Those since are of no value or curiosity not above 3 or 4 hundred years old; with the Names of the Cityes; as Civitas Waterford. Civitas Dublin. Civitas Drogheda &c.'

(Williams 1963, vol. 3, pp. 286-7; Burnett 2020b, pp. 1627-8)


  1. ^  Williams, H.H. (ed.)(1963-65) The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift, 5 vols, Oxford, Clarendon Press.
  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.