Classics and Archaeology Virtual Museum

Coin Collection

Collections
Prefixes and Suffixes
Documentation
Bibliography
Missing coins

Collections

Five major collections are identified:

Sutton

164 (93 Greek, 71 Greek electrotypes).

Purchased in 1927-28 from John Hugh Sutton Memorial fund. The original purchase included 100 genuine coins and 100 electrotypes.

Webb

95 (74 Greek, 18 Roman, 3 other).

Most purchased in 1924 -29 by Jessie Webb with University Equipment funds. A further 15 Webb coins have not been found.

Bairstow

171 (78 Greek, 1 Greek electrotype, 92 Roman).

Donated in 1974 by Mr J.L. Bairstow.

Middle Eastern Studies

137 (including 65 Greek and 11 Roman).

Acquired by the former department of the same name (known also as the Department of Semitic Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Studies).

Electrotype pins

109 copies of coins with each face mounted separately on a pin.

26 faces missing. The provenance of these coins remains unknown.

The Sutton and Webb coins, purchased through C.T. Seltman of Cambridge University, constituted the original Classics collection. It was later supplemented by purchases and gifts to the Classics Department (later known as Classical & Near Eastern Studies, then Classics & Archaeology, finally merged in 1998 into the School of Fine Arts, Classical Studies & Archaeology). Arts Faculty Equipment funds enabled the purchase of 41 coins in 1974. Some sixty plaster casts of coins have not been examined.

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Prefixes and Suffixes

Each of the 745 accessioned coins each have a unique identifying 'accession no.' But they also have an informative prefix and suffix in the 'other no.' field in the database, preserving a system devised in 1971.

Prefixes (the older "MES" prefix now truncated to "M"):

C

Otherwise unclassified

5

C=2, RC=2, MC=1

FP

Flinders Petrie collection

2

FP=2

G

Greek

497

G=251, GE=181, GM=65

R

Roman

182

R=169, RC=2, RM=11

M

Middle Eastern Studies

138

M=61, MC=1, GM=65, RM=11

E

electrotype copy

181

GE=181

Suffixes:The Webb, Sutton and Bairstow collections are indicated by a suffix in the 'other no.' field:

W

Webb Collection

S

Sutton Collection

B

Bairstow collection

The original Webb, Sutton and Bairstow numbers are recorded in the 'previous no.' field.

Five numerical series are used: Greek (251), Roman (171), Middle Eastern (137), electrotype (181), other (5). The numbers used with the two Flinders Petrie coins refer to the Flinders Petrie numerical series.

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Documentation

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Bibliography

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Missing Coins

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