Andreas Morell - Andrew Fountaine - 1702-9-20

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Andreas Morell - Andrew Fountaine - 1702-9-20
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  8477
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
InventoryInventory number. Add. Ms. 4277 [Thoresby Papers, vol. IV], f° 12r et v3
AuthorAuthor of the document. Andreas Morell
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Andrew Fountaine
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . September 20, 1702
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Arnstadt 50° 50' 5.68" N, 10° 56' 46.14" E
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Charles-Joseph-Procope de Ligne, Carlo Torta, Francesco de' Ficoroni, Jean-Baptiste Colbert de Seignelay
LiteratureReference to literature. Spier - Kagan 2000, p. 51-521, Callataÿ 2015a, p. 313, II.112, Burnett 2020b, p. 1600.3
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  agrippa, roman, coin price, collection numbers
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence French
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Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

-Lettre du 20 sept. 1702: « J’avais resolu de r’envoyer les médailles à Monseigneur le Prince de Ligne, mais j’attendray jusques à ce que nous les puissions considerer ensemble. … Je vous remercie très humblement de la peine touchant l’Agrippa d’or chez M. Ficoroni, mais je trouve un peu estrange, que cet homme ne tient pas sa parole, mais en veut avoir d’avantage ; il est aussi dans le Cabinet du Signor Torta a Padoue, … afin que vous ayez plus de courage de venir ici, je vous advertis, que nous avons reçu depuis votre présence 156 belles médailles impériales d’or de Paris du Cabinet de feu Monsieur le Marquis de Seignelay » (Londres, British Library, Add. Ms. 4277 [Thoresby Papers, vol. IV], f° 12r et v3; voir Spier & Kagan 2000, p. 51-52 ; Callataÿ 2015, p. 313, II.11).

RemarksRemarks regarding the annotation. (fr)

[I had decided to send back the coins to the Prince de Ligne, but I will wait until we have been able to look at them together. … I am most grateful for the pains you took with the gold coin of Agrippa with M Ficoroni, but I find it strange that this man does not keep his word and always wants to have more. The coin is also in the collection of Signor Torta in Padua, and I hope to tell you all about this when I see you…. To encourage you even more to come here, I must tell you that since your last visit, we have received 156 beautiful imperial gold coins from the collection of the late Marquis de Seignelay, and you must see them.] (Trans. Spier and Kagan). (fr)


  1. ^  Spier, J. and J. Kagan (2000), “Sir Charles Frederick and the forgery of ancient coins in eighteenth-century Rome”, Journal of the History of Collections, 12 (1), pp. 35-90.
  2. ^  Callataÿ, Fr. de (2015), “Sir Andrew Fountaine (1676-1753) and his early numismatic correspondence with Andreas Morell (1646-1703)”, in R. Bland and D. Calomino (eds.), Studies in Ancient Coinage in Honour of Andrew Burnett, London, p. 293-316.
  3. ^  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.