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Knyvett, Thomas - Catalogue of the coin collection of Thomas Knyvett
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15311
TitleTitel of the book. Catalogue of the coin collection of Thomas Knyvett
InstitutionName of Institution. Cambridge, University Library
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Cambridge 52° 12' 19.91" N, 0° 7' 7.19" E
InventoryInventory number. Ff.2.5
AuthorAuthor of the document. Thomas Knyvett I
CollectorCollector. Thomas Knyvett I
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. 261-71
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Roman
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'The manuscript catalogue of his Roman coins consists of 42 folios, written in a small, neat (and legible) hand. It has no title, and starts straightway with listing his coins from Pompey to Honorius. We do not know if he had any other coins, whether Greek, Roman Republican, Byzantine or English. The catalogue is of great significance since it represents the first attempt we know in England to systematically catalogue a coin collection.
This list gives a description of the structure of the MS catalogue (CUL Ff.2.5):
1vr blank
2r Pompey, Caesar, Tiberius, Augustus, Nero, Otho, Galba;
2v Vitellius, Agrippa, Caligula, Drusus
3r Vespasian (silver)
3v Titus
4r Domitian
4v Claudius
5r Nerva
5v Trajan
6r Trajan
6v C. Julij Percussores et Coniurati
7r Hadrian
7v Hadrian
8r Pius
8v Pius
9r Marcus Aurelius [mixed with some Divus Antoninus and L. Verus; n.b. title at top of page has Verus added!]
9v L Verus
10r Commodus [includes 1 L. Verus]
10v Pertinax, Germanicus
11r Septimius Severus [comment on type, described as ‘figura’: ‘imperatoris ut suspicor’]
11v Septimius Severus
12r Severus Alexander [comment ‘ni fallor’, on first coin about ‘capita amputata’]
12v Drusus Tiberij ex Agrippina filius
13r L Aelius, Caracalla
13v Caracalla [including a coin of Elagabalus! ‘Summus ... Aug’; as he should have known from Occo 1601, p. 399]
14r Geta
14v Vespasian (bronze)
15r Gordian III
15v Gordian III
16r Philip
16v blank
17r Trajan Decius
176v Trebonianus Gallus, Volusian
18r Valerian
18v Gallienus
19r Postumus
19v blank
20r Diocletian
20v Tacitus
21r Probus
21v Claudius II
22r Constans, Constantius (all II!)
22v Carausius, Licinius II
23r Crispus, Constantius II (mixed I and II!)
23v Maximian, Maxentius
24r Magnentius, Decentius, Maximinus
24v Crispus [again!], Magnus Maximus
25r Constantine II, Theodosius
25v Aurelian, Valerian [again]
26r Eugenius, Julian
26v Gratian, Valentinian I
27r Valentinian I, Licinius II
27v Alectus Occo: sed inscriptiones nummorum Allectus
28r Valens, Constantius (II)
28v Constantine Magnus
29r Constantine II, Magnentius [again]
29v Bishop Moore bookplate
30r Nero
30v blank
31r Victor, Arcadius, Honorius
31v blank
32r Mark Antony
32v; 33r, v; 34r, v; 35r, v; 36r, v; 37r, v; 38r, v; 39r, v; 40r, v; 41r, v; blank
42r Rad: Occo non habet hos imperatores [strange as in both 1579 and 1601] = Tetrici
42v Victorinus'

(Burnett 2020b, pp. 261-7)


  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.