Fun with really old numismatic references

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  1. Roman Collector

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    Reading numismatic references from the 18th and 19th centuries is romantic in its anachronism. I imagine myself in my bifocals -- newly invented by Benjamin Franklin -- examining coins by lantern light in my study, sipping on whisky, my brain filled with the latest music of Beethoven, which I had heard performed earlier in the day by the local chamber ensemble.

    Post your coins with listings from antique references!


    For example, here's the listing in the catalog of Sulzer's collection, published in 1777, for this coin of Volusian:

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    Volusian Sulzer listing.JPG

    Or these listings in Mionnet's Description de médailles antiques, grecques et romaines: Supplément 2, published in 1822:

    Mamaea Deultum lion.jpg
    Mamaea Deultum lion Mionnet listing.JPG
    Mamaea Deultum lion Mionnet plate.JPG

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    Gordian III Hadrianopolis Artemis Mionnet listing.JPG

    Or this listing in Wiczay's Musei Hederuarii: in Hungaria numos antiquos graecos et latinos descripsit, published in 1814:

    Severus Markianopolis Eagle.jpg
    Severus Markianopolis Eagle Wiczay listing.JPG


    And here's a magnificent string quartet by Beethoven, his 13th, composed in 1825, in B flat major, opus 130:

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  3. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Hey RC, are you amassing a list of online public domain coin books and if so, do you mind sharing? I bookmark them from time to time but really should make more of an effort at organizing such a list.
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  5. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Here's my Trajan sestertius with Regna Adsignata reverse, posing alongside its description in Seth Stevenson's Dictionary of Roman Coins (originally published 1889):
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  6. Julius Germanicus

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    My new Numerianus Medallion has been to France, Germany, the USA, the Netherlands and Monaco in the last 150 years...

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    1) Rollin & Feuardent "Catalogue d´une Collection de Medailles Romaines", Vol. 3 (late 1860´s):


    2) Henry Cohen, "Description Historique des Monnaies frappes sous l´Empire Romain", 2nd edition, Vol.6 (1886):

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    3) Dr. Jacob Hirsch, "Sammlung Consul Eduard Friedrich Weber", Vol.2 (1909):

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    4) Francesco Gnecchi, "Medaglloni Romani", Vol II (1912):

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    5) Naville & Cie, "Collection Clarence S. Bement" (1924):

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    6) Jacques Schulman B. V.: "The Richard J. Graham Collection" (1966):

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  7. Roman Collector

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    Here are some public domain sources:

    @Ed Snible has compiled the BMC catalogs
    AMNG Ia, Ib, IIIa and IIIb
    Dattari vol 1 and vol 2
    Dumbarton Oaks catalogs
    Imhoof-Blumer Mysia
    Forum's links to the Mionnet volumes
    Online Moushmov
    Almost every issue of Numismatische Zeitschrift
    Sulzer catalog
    Recueil general (Waddington)* vol 1, part 1; vol 1, part 2; vol 1, part 3; Plates
    *These are not user friendly; you have to type in the page you want in the box at the lower right hand corner of the screen
    Another place with Recueil general (Waddington) but it's not user-friendly, either.
    Every issue of The Celator
    Wiczay's Roman provincial catalog
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  8. Roman Collector

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    Another fun one from the 1822 Mionnet catalog!

    Domna Nicopolis Dionysos and panther.jpg
    Domna Nicopolis Dionysos and panther Mionnet listing.JPG
    Domna Nicopolis Dionysos and panther Mionnet.JPG
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  11. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    I have difficulty finding things in Digital Library Numis, even when I know the books are in there somewhere. Thanks for the reminder of the site though.
  12. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    I really enjoyed this post. Not a numismatic reference, per se, I recently found, for a quarter, Smith's Bible Dictionary from 1890 on the local library's discard shelf. In the back, 20 pages on coins of the Bible. I've seen this sort of thing in religious works before, but this one was pretty impressive - a Diadumenianus reference, for instance. Lots of Seleucid, Roman Provincials, Imperials, etc.

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