Owen, Thomas - Catalogue of Mr Birds Medals - London, Royal Society - MS 254/417cont.

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Owen, Thomas - Catalogue of Mr Birds Medals - London, Royal Society - MS 254/417cont.
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  16032
TitleTitel of the book. Catalogue of Mr Birds Medals
InstitutionName of Institution. London, Royal Society
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
InventoryInventory number. MS 254/417cont.
AuthorAuthor of the document. Thomas Owen
CollectorCollector. Bird
Catalogue dateDate when the catalogue was issued: day - month - year .
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Bird, William Sherard
LiteratureReference to literature. Burnett 2020b, p. 6191
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Roman , Forger , Greek
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

A catalogue of the collection of a "Mr Bird", which includes 5 gold coins, mostly Roman (The other piece, ‘Caput Aaronis. Al. Tetrgrammata. majoris formae’, would not have been genuine, but presumably some sort of fake Jewish coin, as there are no authentic Jewish gold coins), 46 silver and 86 bronze, the latter a mixture of Greek and Roman. Some of the coins seem to have been acquired, and sent to Sherard (it seems to be the purchase referred to in Thomas Owen - William Sherard - 1714-06-08; the marks added by Sherard to the catalogue, and the note at the end, shows that he was interested only in 5 silver and 86 bronze coins. But, for all we know, he may have had to buy the whole lot). (Burnett 2020b, p. 619)


  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.