The late nineteenth century saw a major advance in the study of Scottish coins. Pre-eminent in this development were two enthusiasts, Robert Cochran-Patrick and Edward Burns. The popularisation of Scottish numismatics was further aided by those who drew inspiration from these luminaries. This note draws attention to one whose interests and abilities proved conducive to this process.
Robert Welborne, “Unworthy Servant of Christ”, and his Coin Collection – Hugh Pagan
This article discusses the possible fate of what was clearly an impressive coin collection formed by Henry Mordaunt, 2nd Earl of Peterborough (1621-1697).
Spink’s Numismatic Circular – A Personal Story – Gary Oddie
The recent acquisition of a block of loose copies of Spink’s Numismatic Circular; 1911-1934, only lacking December 1912, has prompted me to look more closely at this publication. While completing and then binding a longer run of the periodical it became clear that it is now quite a challenge to put together a complete set of this very useful publication.
HYMAN MONTAGU 1844-1895 – PART 2: DEVELOPMENT OF THE COLLECTION FROM 1889 ONWARDS – Hugh Pagan
Hyman Montagu 1844-1895: Part 1 : Family Background, Legal Career, Formation of Collection of British Coins and Medals – Hugh Pagan
A two-part article describing the notable collector, Hyman Montagu.
Francis Edward Whelan (1848-1907) and the London Branch of the Rollin And Feuardent Firm – Hugh Pagan
The purpose of this note is to bring together in one convenient place what can be established about the career of Francis Edward Whelan (1848-1907), manager of the London branch of the Paris-based coin business Rollin and Feuardent, and for something over thirty years up to his death a major player in the London coin trade.
David Ramage Junior : A Discharged Apprentice – Hugh Pagan
or…. Click here to read the 1988 BNJ article “The last will and testament of David Ramage, Farthing Maker in the Tower”.
History of the Bedford Numismatic Society (1966-1986) – G.E. Dawson†
This note first appeared in the 1986 issue of the Bedford Numismatic Society Journal, the “Sovereign”. It charts the history of the society from its first meeting on 26th October 1966 through to the events that took place as part of the 20th anniversary. Three of the first members had also been members of the short-lived first Bedford Numismatic Society (1946-1948). The later events are likely typical of the story of many societies that were formed in the late 1960s, with a peak membership around decimalisation. (Contributed by Gary Oddie.)
Reuniting Sir George and Lady Chetwynd – A Tale of Two Catalogues – Gary Oddie
This note is the result of a recent chance find of a scarce early catalogue of the Chetwynd collection of tokens. The book contained several bookplates and an image of Lady Chetwynd and the catalogue compiler, Thomas Sharp, along with several hundred additional illustrations of tokens. The locations of several other copies and appearances at auction are noted.
History of the First Bedford Numismatic Society (1946-1948) – D.J. Gaunt† and Gary Oddie
In the 1945 December issue of Seabys Coin and Medal Bulletin it was suggested that there were opportunities for local Numismatic Societies to be formed. This note presents a history of the first, short-lived, Bedford Numismatic Society.