Gisbert Cuper - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz - 1703-6-9

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Gisbert Cuper - Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz - 1703-6-9
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AuthorAuthor of the document. Gisbert Cuper
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . June 9, 1703
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Deventer 52° 16' 10.45" N, 6° 14' 10.82" E
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Andrew Fountaine, Lorenz Beger
LiteratureReference to literature. Leibniz, Sämtliche Schriften Reihe I, Band 22, pp. 435–7, Letter 2571, Burnett 2020b, p. 1603-16042
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  otho, pertinax, forgeries, roman, connoisseurship
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence Latin
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Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

-Lettre du 9 juin 1703 (de Deventer) : « Eques Fountanus mecum hic fuit, et tu, vir illustris, magna pars colloquii nostri fuisti; laudabatque summopere tuam, nec non praestantissimi Begeri humanitatem atque eruditionem. Perspexi juvenem illum Anglum animum succinctum habere praeclaris donis, et peritum valde esse atque copiosum veterum nummorum. Vidit et examinavit exiguam meam supellectilem, et fassus est ea contineri nonnullos raritatis eximiae nummos; examinavimus etiam quinquaginta alios, qui Venetiis commodum ad me missi erant, et cognovimus praecipuos, ut Othonis, Pescennii Nigri, aliosque malae notae esse, et Italos mihi voluisse imponere. Simul ac eos recepi et vidi, scrupuli mihi injiciebantur continuo; sed Anglus mihi artes detexit, monstravitque quam artificiose subdoli isti nundinatores nummos fabricare possint. » (Leibniz, Sämtliche Schriften Reihe I, Band 22, pp. 435–7, Letter 257 ; Burnett 2020b, p. 1603-1604).

RemarksRemarks regarding the annotation. (fr)

[The Knight Fountaine was here with me, and you, distinguished Sir, were a great part of our conversation, and he greatly praised your kindness and learning, as well as that of the most excellent Beger. I observed the young Englishman has a mind of exceptional gifts, and that he is very skilled and well-equipped in ancient coins. He saw and examined my little collection, and stated that it contained some coins of great rarity. We examined a further fifty, which had just been sent to me from Venice, and we saw that notable ones, such as of Otho and Pescennius Niger, and others, were of bad stamp, and that the Italians wanted to impose on me. As soon as I received and examined them, my doubts were immediately raised, but the Englishman taught me the skill, and showed me how cleverly those deceitful dealers were able to make coins.] (trans. A. Burnett) (fr)


  1. ^ Leibniz 
  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.