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Handwritten manuscript on Roman Imperial coinage

Price £550

Handwritten manuscript on Roman Imperial coinage

[Roman coins] Handwritten manuscript relating to Roman Imperial coinage. No place, no date although possibly produced around the turn of the 20th century. Octavo (185 x 230mm), pp. 104 pages, text in German, all written in a neat manuscript hand and mostly in black ink, many pen and ink sketches and rubbings along with cuttings pasted in from printed reference books.

Sadly there is no indication of the authors’ name, as is so often the case with such material but it is obviously the work of an enthusiastic collector whose aim was to list the reverse legends and mintmarks of the coins, along with a reign by reign listing of the imperial titles used.

As this information was first published by Harold Mattingly and Edward Sydenham in the exhaustive RIC series, we can safely assume that this manuscript dates prior to c.1923, the year the first volume was published. As such this would have been a most useful reference for the collector and would certainly have been worth the time and effort taken in compiling such information.

A trifle worn at extremities, the first leaf loose otherwise very good. A most interesting manuscript which also serves to illustrate the difficulties faced by collectors prior to the publication of the standard reference works which are so heavily relied upon now. Interesting and unique.