• Code 2057

British Coin-Weights: A corpus of post-conquest coin-weights.


Paul & Bente R Withers. Published by Galata Print Ltd., Llanfyllin. 1993.  HB (burgundy cloth with gilt title and spine).  A4 (210 x 297mm) 368 pages, illustrated throughout with good life-size b&w photographs + 12 page price supplement.  Each type and variety illustrated.  This covers the coin-weights made and used in England, Scotland and Ireland for use in the British Isles.  It is the standard reference work on the subject.  New. Unused.

Weights made in silver, copper, brass, and glass for gold and silver coins.  Covers English, Scottish and Irish coin-weights for English, Scottish, Portuguese, French and Spanish coins.  Information is given on early weights, 16th-century, round and square weights of James VI and Charles I, weights by named makers, weights of monarchs from Charles II to George V.  Countermarks on weights. Adjusted weights. Weights for silver coins. There are 9 pages of indexes on countermarks, denominations, materials, makers and sellers, and a general index.

This work was begun because there were no books on the subject available when we needed it in the 1970s when we began to collect con-weights.  Little was known about them, so we had to develop a system of cataloguing the weights that we collected. It was some time before we realised that we realised that weights were mostly issued or sold as sets, or part sets.  The book was more than a decade in the writing. The list of collectors, dealers, institutions and museums we had to acknowledge was more than a hundred,  including the Bank of England, encompassing almost everybody who is anybody in the Museum and collecting world.

 


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