Stonehouse, Walter - Nummorum Antiquorum Thesaurus

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Walter Stonehouse, Cambridge, 1654/09/29

Stonehouse, Walter - Nummorum Antiquorum Thesaurus
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  14369
TitleTitel of the book. Nummorum Antiquorum Thesaurus
InstitutionName of Institution. Cambridge, Trinity College
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Cambridge 52° 12' 24.80" N, 0° 6' 54.40" E
InventoryInventory number. R.2.26
AuthorAuthor of the document. Walter Stonehouse
CollectorCollector. Walter Stonehouse
Catalogue dateDate when the catalogue was issued: day - month - year . September 29, 1654
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English, Latin
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation.
LiteratureReference to literature. James 1900-1904, vol. 2, no. 5261, Burnett 2020b, pp. 1479-81, 684, 7042
External LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Roman , Greek , Jewish , Modern Coins , Roman Imperial
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'The front and back fly-leaves have a series of notes discussed below, but the main body of the book is divided into three parts:
1. ff.4–7: ‘Thesauri Repertorium,’ a summary of the rulers whose coins were in the collection, arranged chronologically by ‘Regni initia Ante Christum natum An,’ running from Artaxerxes (462 BC) to Charles [IX] of Sweden (1601), cross referenced to the T[abulae] in which they appeared;
2. ff.8–21: a detailed catalogue in Latin of the coins, tray (Tab[ula]) by tray;
3. ff.23–4:8 ‘A Series of the Roman Emperours Empresses & Caesars whereof I have one or more pieces,’ running from Julius Caesar to Honorius. This seems to be in a different hand, and it may well be Ralph Thoresby’s.

The second part catalogues 348 coins as follows:
Tab. 1. 15 Roman bronze coins from M. Agrippa to Diva Faustina, with one Greek piece of Antoninus Pius.
Tab. 2. 24 Roman coins from Claudius to Philip II. Most—perhaps all9—of them seem to be of bronze, including provincial coins of Claudius and Nero from Antioch; Antoninus Pius from Laodicea in Syria and Beroea; and Philip I from Antioch.
Tab. 3. 24 Roman coins from Philip II to Victorinus. They will mostly have been silver or debased silver.
Tab. 4. 24 Roman and Byzantine coins from Marius to Maurice Tiberius, including two of Carausius. The recorded mint marks for fourth- century coins are from London (2), Amiens (2), Trier and Arles. The first 20 range from Marius to Decentius. The last four coins are a miscellaneous group of C CAES AVG P M/CONCORD SC clasped hands [= ??], a misidentified Roman Alexandrian coin, and 40-nummi coins of the Byzantine emperors Anastasius and Maurice Tiberius.
Tab. 5. 40 Roman coins from Tacitus to Constantius II, including four coins of Carausius and Allectus. The recorded mint marks for fourth- century coins are from London (5), Trier (10), Lyon (2), Arles (2), Ostia, Siscia and Alexandria. Tab. 6. 40 Roman coins, mostly of the third and fourth centuries, to Arcadius, including one of Severina, 2 of Carausius, a provincial coin of Caligula from Antioch and a lead piece of Antoninus Pius. The recorded mint marks for fourth-century coins are from London, Trier (7), Lyon, Arles (3), Rome, Siscia and Alexandria. Tab. 7. 40 Roman coins. One gold Tiberius, the others silver of the Republic (19), Augustus (3), Tiberius (2), Nero, Galba, Otho (2), Vitellius and Vespasian (10).
Tab. 8. 40 Roman coins, all silver. Domitian (2), Nerva, Trajan (12), Hadrian (6), Sabina, Antoninus Pius (12), Faustina (3), ‘Iulia Padilla’, Marcus Aurelius (2).
Tab. 9. 40 Roman coins, all silver. Marcus Aurelius (5), Faustina II, Lucius Verus (3), Lucilla, Commodus, Crispina, Pertinax, Albinus (2), Severus (2), Domna (2), Caracalla, Geta, Elagabalus (5), Maesa, Severus Alexander (4), Mamaea, Maximinus, Gordian III (3), Philip (2), Decius, Valerian.
Tab. 10. 34 coins. One gold Arcadius, the rest silver of Valerian (2), Gallienus, Postumus (2), Constantius II (2), Julian, Valentinian I, Valens, Magnus Maximus (2), Honorius, Arcadius (2). Three numbers (17–19) have been left blank, and are then followed by later coins: Louis the Pious, Anglo-Saxon (6), post-Conquest to Henry VI (10). Three more numbers have been left blank (37–9), and the last piece is described as a ‘Talismana’. The recorded mint marks for the fourth-century coins are Trier (2), Arles (2), Aquileia, Milan (3) and Sirmium (2).
Tab. 11. 27 miscellaneous coins. They include Greek coins of Pyrrhus, a Jewish piece, Athens,10 Alexander, the Ptolemies (2), Seleucid kings (4), a Syrian piece, a provincial coin of Tiberius from Alexandria, an ancient British coin (Numus antiquus Britannicus) and other pieces subsequently identified as Anglo-Saxon, Roman or Seleucid (2), a coin of Pope Julius III, coins of Henry V, Henry VIII and Edward IV (gold), and 3 uncertain.'

(Burnett 2020b, p.1480)


  1. ^  James, M.R. (1900-1904) The Western Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, 4 vols., Cambridge.
  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.