Archaeologia, Or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity Volume 33

Archaeologia, Or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity Volume 33

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...Nothing of this kind is found on ancient British coins; it is a warlike type, the device of a people still in arms against the invader, and the coins are the currency of Gallia while yet unfettered. If coins with the type of the androcephalous horse were often found in Britain we might claim for our primitive ancestors a mintage of their own previous to the Roman invasion. It has been urged, by those who would establish for these British coins a higher antiquity, that they are formed on the Greek model; but they appear to overlook an important fact, that many consular coins are convex and concave, and exceedingly dissimilar in fabric and style to the Roman money after the reign of Augustus, many of whose coins are evidently formed on the Greek model, and are the work of Greek artists. If we compare the denarius of the Gens Marcia with the equestrian figure on the reverse, with the coins inscribed Tinc. or vim. we shall perceive as close a resemblance as may usually be traced between a well-executed model The unscientific arrangement of these coins by Ruding has planted an error which it will require many years to uproot. The editor of the Monumenta Historica Britannica says some of these coins have been claimed by French numismatists as Gaulish. I have only to observe that there is no rivalry as to the claim among the practically informed numismatists of either country. These coins are for the most part perfectly well distinguished. b See a Dissertation on the Phalerae by M. de Longperier, Revue Numismatique, tome xiii. p. 85; and the Numismatic Chronicle, vol. xi. p. 149. VOL. XXXIII. 2 B and a barbarous imitation. We find, moreover, the word on a tablet, a mode of inscription which French numismatists assure us is never found on more

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  • Paperback | 170 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236926781
  • 9781236926784