A Numismatic Manual

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Taylor & Walton, 1840 - 420 Seiten
 

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Seite 272 - among other expedients to procure money, a writ was issued for the discovering of black money, and other subterraneous treasure hidden of old in the county of Southampton, in whosesoever hands it might be, and to seize it to the King's use. He afterwards claimed black money to the amount of 150 pounds of full weight, which had been found in that county, as belonging to him in right of his crown.
Seite 282 - We have now a pretty little 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.
Seite 12 - Greek coins we find a spirit and a boldness, both in design and execution, with which many of the more elaborate productions of modern times will not bear comparison. The rude, and often misshapen, lump of silver upon which these types are impressed, contrasts most singularly with the wonderful freedom and spirit of the design. Armour, weapons, animals, plants, utensils, and the most graceful representations of the human figure, appear in infinite and astonishing variety within a space so circumscribed,...
Seite 296 - ... Manual we read that the Commonwealth struck money during the life-time of the king, (Charles I.) with his name and titles; but that after his death new dies were ordered to be made. The coins issued are distinguished from all others in the English series. The types furnished the cavaliers with subjects for much joke and ribaldry. The double shield on the reverse, was called "the breeches for the rump.
Seite 142 - Caesar was the first who obtained the express permission of the senate to place his portrait on the coins, and the example was soon followed. In the earlier and more simple days of Rome...
Seite 345 - Pontefract is this : the beseiged have lately made two sallies forth, but repulsed without any great losse to us. In the last they killed but one man of ours, and we took two of theirs prisoners, one of which had a small...
Seite 327 - Agreed that the stamp of the Shilling and Sixpence should be on one side a King painted to the shoulders in parliament robes, with a chain of the order. Five Shillings of Silver, and half five Shillings, should be a King on horseback, armed with a naked sword hard to his breast.
Seite 2 - As the act of impressing a seal or signet was an understood sign of solemn compact from the most early periods ; and as engraved seals and signets were undoubtedly in general use long anterior to the invention of coining, it appears highly probable that the original idea of impressing a stamp on the uncoined lumps of gold or silver, was most probably derived from the common application of a seal to wax.
Seite 2 - The earliest coins may be therefore looked upon as pieces of scaled metal, which in fact they are ; it being well known, that at first, coins were impressed only on one side. No device that could be imagined, was so well adapted to the peculiar necessity of the case, or so likely to satisfy the public mind, as the impress, by public authority, of the symbol of the tutelar divinity of...
Seite 283 - Argentum tuum versum est in scoriam. " Thy silver is turned into," what ? into testions * ? Scoriam : " into dross." Ah, seditious wretch ! what had he to do with the mint ? Why should not he have left that matter to some master of policy to reprove ? " Thy silver is dross ; it is not fine, it is counterfeit ; thy silver is turned ; thou hadst good silver.

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