Andrew Fountaine - John Covel - 1700-3-12

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Andrew Fountaine - John Covel - 1700-3-12
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  10732
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
InventoryInventory number. Add Ms. 22910, f° 503–504
AuthorAuthor of the document. Andrew Fountaine
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. John Covel
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . March 12, 1700
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Narford 52° 41' 1.64" N, 0° 37' 21.43" E
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Jean Foy-Vaillant, Nicolas-Joseph Foucault
LiteratureReference to literature. Burnett 2020b, p. 1590-11
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  catalogue, roman, oxford, coin price, state of preservation, rarity, caracalla, geta, otho, pertinax
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence English
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-Lettre du 12 mars 1700/1701 (?): “Dear Sr, I was very sorry to find at my return into Norffolk that I could not send you the compleat catalogue of my Roman Imperiall coines with their severall prices; I found I had left it at Oxford, and that I must be forced to make you wait towards the commencement, before I could possibly perform that part of my promise; I have sent you an account of those few I have and their value according to Vaillant’s valuation, and as Mr Charleton generally sells, but I must tell you t’[is] when neither the workmanship, Preservation or scarcity of the reverse add to the worth of the Medall, Ex. gr. In the Catalogue you’ll find a silver Caracalla valued at 12d, but that in my Series having the head of Geta on ye reverse and being very well preserved, is esteem’d by most worth a guinea. I need not tell one soe exquisitely skilled in these matters as you are that the prices in this catalogue can be applied to coines only in the same metall, that the difference of the metall adds to, or takes from the value of the peice, as the medall is more scarce or more common in such or such a metall; that a silver Otho stampt at Rome is worth 7s 6d, that a brasse one (if any such) £1000; that my Silver Pertinax is of three guineas value, and that Dr Covells gold one (if genuine) of fifty. You may guesse by the creature I send you what sort of game t’is I follow in the country; I wish instead of it, I could give you all the beasts shown at the Ludi Seculares, on the reverses of Coines (Faucaultius had e’m compleat); t’would be a present more agreeable to a man of your curiosity and Erudition. The civill and diverting entertainment I have often had at your Lodgeings will alwaies make me thinke my selfe…. March 1700/1” (London, BL Add MS 22910, ff.503–4; Burnett 2020b, p. 1590-1).


  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.