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Simonds D'Ewes - Johannes Smetius - 1647-8-7

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Simonds D'Ewes - Johannes Smetius - 1647-8-7
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  4199
InstitutionName of Institution. London, British Library
InventoryInventory number.
AuthorAuthor of the document. Simonds D'Ewes
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Johannes Smetius
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . August 7, 1647
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Abraham van Goorle, Henry Stuart prince of Wales, Henri IV of France
LiteratureReference to literature. Occo 15791
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  cabinet, roman, roman republican, price, collection
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence Latin
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Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

-Lettre du 7 août 1647 (?):In Regia penu Numaria, Romanos tangentia Caesares, Augustas, aliosque Occoni memoratos et familias, novem minimum millia aurea, argentea, et aenea Numismata conduntur, quae supremarum Abrahami Gorlaei Tabularum curatores, Henrico Stuarto Cambriae Principi, Regis nostri Caroli fratri germano primogenitori, olim vendiderunt. Et mirum sane est, nullum Germaniae Principem, nec ipsum Henricum Magnum Galliae Monarcham, cui tam sibi oblata sunt pretio, tria librarum millia pro illis dependisse. [In the royal coin collection are kept at least nine thousand gold, silver and bronze coins relating to the Roman emperors, empresses (and others known to Occo) and families [i.e. of the Roman Republic], which the executors of the last will of Abraham Gorlaeus originally sold to Henry Stuart Prince of Wales, the elder brother of our King Charles. And it is amazing that no German prince, nor even Henry King of France himself, to whom they were offered at the price, paid the three thousand pounds for them.] (British Library, MS Harley 377, f.175v ; Burnett forthcoming).


  1. ^  Occo, Adolf (1579). Imperatorum Romanorum numismata a Pompeio Magno ad Heraclium: quibus insuper additae sunt inscriptiones quaedam veteres, arcus triumphales, et alia ad hanc rem necessaria. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin.