Observations of the reverses of 48 King John pennies of the moneyer Roberd at Dublin has revealed the presence of pellets on many of the coins. This brief article illustrates the different varieties observed and speculates on their meaning. Reader comments and suggestions are encouraged, as are comments on additional pellet configurations, including those from other moneyers or denominations.
This brief note serves as a record of one of William Hunter’s Scottish coins that was not included in the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 35: Scottish coins in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. The reasons for its exclusion will also be discussed.
The inclusion of personal letters in books once owned by notable numismatists can provide insights into former views on a coinage. The four letters reproduced in this article were written by the noted Irish numismatist John Lindsay and inserted in two copies of Lindsay’s A View of the Coinage of Scotland. They are addressed to the books’ original owners, J. H. Burn and J. B. Greenshields respectively. They illustrate the application of our forebears to elucidating aspects of the Scottish coinage.
The purpose of this note is to place on record a document saved by an eminent nineteenth century numismatist as an insertion in a grangerized book. Documents relating to the Scottish mint during its lengthy survival from the cessation of coinage in 1709 until its closure in 1817 are rarely in the public domain. The Draft of Warrant, dated 1750, and transcribed in this article, may also fill a temporal gap in the National Archive, which is apparently deficient of similar documents for the mid-eighteenth century. Click here to access the article Note: A “grangerized” book is one that has had its’ illustrative content augmented by the insertion of additional prints, drawings, engravings, etc., not included in the original volume.
In 1853 Dr Aquilla Smith published a find of fourteen Scottish coins from the County of Fermanagh in Ireland. The lot included two false groats of Robert II displaying a large cross pattée behind the king’s crown, a feature hitherto unrecorded on genuine coins. The purpose of the current note is to record what appears to be a genuine coin having the large cross privy mark. CLICK HERE TO READ THE RESEARCH NOTE To provide comments on the article please scroll down to the bottom of this page.