I'm curious about the history of classical numismatics—particularly about when this study became an academic discipline that currently experiences some tension with the private collecting world. It seems this distinction developed relatively late, with many early, serious numismatists also being collectors. The Royal Numismatic Society was founded in 1836, and there were professorships in classical numismatics in the 18th c., but we know figures such as Pope Boniface VIII collected (and presumably studied) Roman coinage in the 14th c. Simply put, is there a “Father [or Mother] of Classical Numismatics”? If there’s a thread that covers this topic, I’d appreciate a pointer. For some eye candy, here's a tray of King George III's coins on display in the British Museum when I visited in summer 2019. Maybe one candidate is Joseph Eckhel mentioned in the caption below.