Royal Society - MS 414 - List of Acquisitions c. 1731

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Royal Society - MS 414 - List of Acquisitions c. 1731
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  15096
TitleTitel of the book. Acquisitions of Royal Society, c. 1731
InstitutionName of Institution. London, Royal Society
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
InventoryInventory number. MS 414
AuthorAuthor of the document.
Catalogue dateDate when the catalogue was issued: day - month - year . 1731
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. João Jacinto de Magalhães, Robert Moray, Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk, Benjamin Middleton, Thomas Gale, Robert Southwell, John van de Bemde, John Hickes, James Mickleton, John Conduitt, George Ent, John Woodward, Nicolas Fatio de Duillier, Peter Le Neve, Christian Friedrich Weichman
LiteratureReference to literature. Grew 16811, Burnett 2020b, pp. 1489-90, 4602
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia 
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Roman , Local Finds , Cabinet Acquisitions , English Collectors , Celtic , British Coins , Saxon , Indian , Chinese , East India Company, Royal Society
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'Ancient Coyns [section 22]
95 old Roman Coyns, dug up some 10 miles from Worcester given by Sr Robt Murray. July 1666.
2 Roman Coins; ye bigger found at Tangier, ye less at Fez. given by Ld Henry Howard. Feb. 17. 1669/70.
Severall Medalls, given by Capt Hadley. Feb. 14 1682.
Some silver Medals found in ye Isle of Caldy. March 9 1691/2.
11 silver Denarii of ye lower Empire. given by Mr Middleton. Nov. 7 1694.
Some Roman Medalls found at Catarack in Yorkshire. given by Dr Gale. July 6 1697.
Some Brass Roman Medals found at Stalkbridge given by Sr Robt Southwell Nov. 26 1701
a Silver Medall given by Mr Bembde. July 14 170[ ].
a medal of Antoninus. given by Mr Alsop. Oct. 20 1708.
a medall of Gordian, ---- of Antonius, found in an earthen pot, with 3 gallons more of them, under the foundation of a chimney at Exeter: the pot was so rotten yt it crumbled to peices as soon as toucht. given by Mr John Hicks. Feb. 14 1716/17.
a curious small Iron box containing severall choice Roman & Greek Medalls, with a catalogue of their Inscriptions given by Mr Mickleton. May 22 1718.
a large quantity of Medals found in ye ruins of the ancient Carteia near Gibraltar. given by Mr Conduit. Nov. 13 1718.
[added later, same hand] Coyns found in ye pot in Weekfeild Anno 1650. with a catalogue of them. Grew p. 381 & seqq.

Ancient & Modern Coyns and Medals [section. 21]
a Roupy of Silver. given by G. Ent Esqr. G. 370.
an ¼ Roupy of Silver by ye same. ibid.
20 Morisco coyns, dugg up at Tangier. given by Sr Rob. Murray. May 1664.
a collection of Ancient English Coins. given by Mr Middleton. Feb. 19 1695/6.
6 coins of King Athelstone, found in Rippon castle. given by Dr Gale. May 6 1696.
11 more Saxon coins from Rippon. given by Dr Gale. May 27 1696.
2 Chinese Coins. given by Dr Woodward. Nov. 25 1705.
a chinese copper coin, given by Mr Fatio. Apr. 3 1706.
[added later, same hand] Leather Money Lugd. Batavor. 1574. G. p. 384.
[space of several lines]
a medall of King Charles I, ------- of Queen Catherine. given by Mr Wood. Nov. 20 1694.
Severall Medallions & Copper Plates, given by Sigr Fornisseri. Jan. 22 1695/6.
a Silver Medall of Gustavus Adolphus King of Sweden. given by Mr le Neve. Oct. 28 1714.
a silver Medall struck at Hamberg in honour of Mr Weichman. given by Himself. June 20 1728.
Hericus IV. Dominus Hiberniae ye Irish Groat. G. p. 382. Carolus V. Indiarum plus ultra. given by Georg[e] Ent Esqr G. 382.
[on a slip of paper stuck in, different hand] A medal of Sir Isaac Newton imitated in Plaister in a round black frame.
Seven common Coins in one round black frame by Mr Ja: Piercey, the inventer. June 3 1731
[bottom of original page] Impressions of 2 Queens of England & 1 of France by Mr Farand from Mr Hilard. Aug 31 1687.

Acquisitions made after c. 1731
Mr Magellans – four specimens of Portuguese marble and a mahogany case containing 36 Roman medals.
East India Company via Henry Fletcher - 21 medals or ancient coins found in Calcutta in India 1774.'

(Royal Society, MS 414; Burnett 2020b, pp. 1489-90)

RemarksRemarks regarding the annotation. (en)

G = Grew 1681 (en)


  1. ^  Grew, Nathaniel (1681) Musaeum Regalis Societatis. Or a catalogue & description of the natural and artificial rarities belonging to the Royal Society and preserved at Gresham Colledge, London.
  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.