The Coin Collector's Manual: Or, Guide to the Numismatic Student in the Formation of a Cabinet of Coins: Comprising an Historical and Critical Account of the Origin and Progress of Coinage, from the Earliest Period to the Fall of the Roman Empire; with Some Account of the Coinages of Modern Europe, More Especially of Great Britain, Volume 1

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Bohn, 1853 - Numismatics
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Page 10 - ... seen weighing it, while others note down on a tablet the exact amount. This sort of money, passing by weight, and not by tale, is thus of a totally distinct character from coins. We have a more positive notice of this kind of money, where Abraham is stated to have given to Abimelech, King of Gera, one thousand pieces of silver, evidently referring to money of this description; and also in the purchase of the field of Machpelah, when " Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver which he had named,"...
Page 5 - Grecian splendour: some coins of that epoch presenting works unsurpassed in beauty by sculpture on a larger scale. We may trace on the Roman series the gradual decline of art with the decay of the empire, until, with the complete prostration of Roman power in the west, art became nearly extinct ; to revive, after a dormant period, in a totally new feeling, in the quaint but energetic character known as Gothic, the development of which may be traced in the coinage of modern Europe, from the fifth...
Page 4 - state gazette," on which all the truly great events of the empire were periodically published; and when we find such announcements as Egypta Capta on coins of Augustus, struck on the conquest of Egypt.
Page 12 - Minor is generally believed to have preceded the silver coinage of ^Egina, or that of any other part of Greece, I shall first treat of the earliest known gold coins. These were doubtless adjusted to some well known and generally acknowledged weight or standard, and so received the name of stater, a Greek word signifying standard. This standard appears to have been a weight corresponding to two drachmae of silver, and of the value of twenty. Thus, the Greeks...
Page 1 - Greeks we owe, if not the invention, at all events, the very early general extension of a circulating medium in this form, and on their coins of the very earliest period we find records of the migrations, the mythology, and the manners and state of civilisation of this great and interesting people.