The Gold, Silver, and Copper Coins of England: Exhibited in a Series of Fac-similes of the Most Interesting Coins of Each Successive Period; Printed in Gold, Silver, and Copper, Accompanied by a Sketch of the Progress of the English Coinage from the Earliest Period to the Present Time

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H. G. Bohn, 1849 - Coinage - 136 pages

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Page 102 - By this means, medals that are, at present, only a dead treasure, or mere curiosities, will be of use in the ordinary commerce of life, and, at the same time, perpetuate the glories of her Majesty's reign, reward the labours of her greatest subjects, keep alive in the people a gratitude for public services, and excite the emulation of posterity.
Page ix - There is one class, too, the most numerous and important of all, which must have been designed and executed under the sanction of public authority; and therefore, whatever meaning they contain, must have been the meaning of nations, and not the caprice of individuals. This is the class of coins, the devices upon which were always held so strictly sacred, that the most proud and powerful monarchs never ventured to put their portraits upon them, until the practice of deifying sovereigns had enrolled...
Page 56 - Also the said lord cardinal, of his further pompous and presumptuous mind, hath enterprised to join and imprint the cardinal's hat under your arms in your coin of groats made at your city of York, which like deed hath not been seen to be done by any subject within your realm before this time.
Page 89 - Thomas Simon most humbly prays your Majesty to compare this his tryal piece with the Dutch, and if more truly drawn and embossed, more gracefully ordered, and more accurately engraven, to relieve him'" " And what said Charles to it ?
Page 45 - But king Edward made a siege royall, And wonne the town, and in special! The sea was kept, and thereof he was lord ; Thus made he nobles coins of record.
Page 62 - ... shilling, indeed a very pretty one. I have but one I think in my purse, and the last day I had put it away almost for an old groat, and so I trust some will take them. The fineness of the silver I cannot see, but therein is printed a fine sentence, that is, TIMOR DOMINI TONS VITJE VEI, SAPIENTI^;, The fear of the Lord is the fountain of life or wisdom.
Page 56 - ... hat under your arms in your coin of groats, made at your city of York, which like deed hath not been seen to have been done by any subject within your realm before this time.
Page xii - The earliest money transaction on record is that in which it is related that Abraham weighed to Ephron " four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant," in payment for the field of Machpelah. This payment doubtless consisted of mere pieces of silver, without any impress or mark, which passed by weight only, as the term shekel (which eventually became the name of positive coins of gold and silver), from shakal, to weigh, fully implies. The denomination for money used in the book...
Page 5 - Claudius (No. 13), struck in commemoration of the erection of the triumphal arch, decreed to him by the senate on the conquest of Britain, and minted, it is supposed, in AD 46, four years after that event. It has the laureated head of the emperor, with the inscription (abbreviated) TI. CLAVD. CAESAR. AUG. PM TR. P. VIIII. IMP. XVI".— " Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Pontifex Maximus Tribunitia potestate nonum imperator decimum sextum ; " the reverse, a triumphal arch surmounted by an equestrian...
Page xii - Abraham is represented as weighing out to Ephron "four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant...

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