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The E-Sylum: Volume 4, Number 8, February 18, 2001, Article 5


Scott Miller writes:

"I am surprised no one came up with this:

"Matthew Young and his Numismatic Correspondents a Century and a Half Ago: With a Glimpse at the First London Numismatic Society" by A Porritt, Minerva Numismatic Handbooks Number One.

Although only 36 pages, there is quite a bit of interesting material. Some of the names appearing include William Wyon, Edward Hawkins and Marmaduke Trattle."

[Editor: (blush) I knew the name sounded familiar - I could swear that I have the above-mentioned book in my library, but I can't put my finger on it at the moment. I did manage to locate "A History of the Royal Numismatic Society 1836 - 1986" by R.A.G. Carson and H. Pagan, 1986. Matthew Young is listed as a member of the Numismatic Society of London (from which the Royal Society was formed). He is listed as living from 1771-1836, and his death date is listed as "12 Jun 1838" This is consistent with the sale date of his library (26 Nov, 1838).]

Darryl Atchison also pointed out the existence of the pamphlet, and noted: "Also, in view of the nature of the correspondence and the individuals concerned it is not difficult to deduce Young's standing in the numismatic fraternity of his period."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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