Sharp, Thomas - A Catalogue of British, Saxon, Scotch & English coins in the Cabinet of the Family of Sharp

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Sharp, Thomas - A Catalogue of British, Saxon, Scotch & English coins in the Cabinet of the Family of Sharp
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  14078
TitleTitel of the book. A Catalogue of British, Saxon, Scotch & English coins in the Cabinet of the Family of Sharp
InstitutionName of Institution. Gloucestershire Archives
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Gloucester 51° 51' 55.33" N, 2° 14' 44.95" W
InventoryInventory number. D3549/6/5/3
AuthorAuthor of the document. Thomas Sharp
CollectorCollector. John Sharp I
Catalogue dateDate when the catalogue was issued: day - month - year .
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. John Sharp III, Granville Sharp, John Sharp I
LiteratureReference to literature. Burnett 2020b, pp. 1503-4, 13301
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  British Coins , Saxon , Scottish , Irish , Danish , Swedish , German , French , Flemish , Italian , Spanish , Portuguese
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'The catalogue of the Sharp collection, made by Thomas Sharp, with some later additions by himself and his son John Sharp. Vol. III lists British coins (Tables I–X), and Vol. IV Foreign Coins (Tables XI–XVII). Vol. IV has been added to the original Vol. III, hence the spine labelling. There are also two sets of loose papers. The identity of Vols. I–II is not obvious. One of them was presumably the catalogue of Roman coins, originally made by Archbishop Sharp and later updated by Thomas (see D3549/6/5/1, item 1), but what might the other have been? The only likely explanation is that some or many of the 97 Greek coins noted in 1963 were originally present, and therefore that Vol. I would have been for Greek coins, and II for Roman. If this is correct, then it would show that the Archbishop also had a reasonably large collection of Greek coins.

Spine: Dr T. Sharp’s Catalogue of Coins 3
Title page:

'Vol. IIId

A Catalogue of British, Saxon, Scotch & English coins in the Cabinet of the Family of Sharp, in X Tables, & 2 additional Tables of English Silver Medals, placed in order of Time.

This Volume is entirely in the hand Writing of the Revd Dr Thomas Sharp, Son of ABp Sharp – except a memorandm at the end of the book respecting the number of Coins, probably meaning, the number mentioned in this book. This sd last memorandum is in the hand Writing of the Revd Dr John Sharp, Son of the said Thos & Grandson to the ABp.

The last mentioned Dr John Sharp had a large Collection of Medals & Coins, purchased & collected by himself, in addition to the Collection transmitted to him by his Father & Grandfather, and therefore the Catalogue of Coins inserted in these 3 Volumes, which was wrote by Dr Thos Sharp, cannot include all the additional Coins which the Cabinet at present contains.

*There is still another Volume in 8tvo (but thinner & unbound) in the Hand Writing of Dr Thos Sharp, which I have marked Vol. IV, as the four Volumes seem to contain a Catalogue in the state of the Collection when in the possession of Dr Thomas Sharp GS [= Granville Sharp] * The IV Vol here mentioned is bound up in this Book – CS [= presumably Catherine Sharp]'

The catalogue has very full descriptions of the coins and runs to 165 pages. It includes a few ancient British (14) and Anglo-Saxon coins (99), but the bulk is later. At its end of Vol. III, a summary was added, in a later hand (John Sharp III’s):

'114 British and Saxon

68 English Pennies Silver

5 Scotch Pennies

5 English Halfpennies Silver

1 Irish Halfpenny Silver

2 English Farthings Silver

1 Irish Farthing Silver

48 English, Scotch, Irish Copper Tin & Lead Money

50 English, Scotch & Irish half Groats & Twopences Silver

26 English Scotch & Irish Threepences Silver 62 English Groats Silver

7 Scotch Groats

30 English Sixpences

5 Irish Sixpences

43 Smaller Scotch Coins Silver

77 Shillings

40 Half Crowns

14 Scotch Coins, Silver, middle sized 1 Twenty shilling piece Silver

1 Ten shilling piece Silver

34 Crowns

9 Scotch Coins, Silver, large Size 48 English & Scotch Coins Gold

14 Smaller Medals. Silver. English. 44 Large Medals Silver. English

8 English Medals Gold


Volume IV follows, of 125 pages. The first page gives a list of its contents:

'Vol IVth

Foreign Money Modern Current & Memorial Silver

Tab XI Danish and Swedish

Tab XII Dutch & Flemish and some German Tab XIII All German

Tab XIV French & Fr. Flemish and Italian Tab XV Spanish & Portuguese

Tab XVI Small silver money

pt 1t of several countrys

pt 2d Small Copper money of several countries

Tab XVII Larger pieces of several countries both Silver and Copper

[Added, later:] Memm. This Volume is entirely in the Hand Writing of the Revd Dr Thomas Sharp, Son of ABp Sharp. G.S. [= Granville Sharp]'

Two slips of paper have been added later, giving the totals, amounting to 821 coins and medals. There are also two sets of later papers, added loose in the volume. The first is a list of ‘Coins of the Large Upper Drawer of the Great Sharp Cabinet. Left hand compartment’, ‘Middle Compartment’ and ‘Right hand Compartment’. The second labelled ‘Sharp Cabinet’ has a list of the ‘Contents of the Large Upper Drawer of the Great Cabinet, as I found it in 1842,’ together with a sketch of the cabinet, showing the arrangement of the coins, and other items (butterflies, minerals, monkey skeleton, Bottles of Drugs, and ‘Cath & Andrew Coins’).' (Burnett 2020b, pp. 1503-4)


  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.