John A. Mellman passed along this blog post found via the Philobiblos blog about coins found inside an old book. Thanks. Here's an excerpt -
be sure to read the complete article online. -Editor
Most people have hidden a little cash in a book at one time or another, and librarians are never surprised to encounter examples of things
tucked into books about them, like dried plants pressed in herbals. That said, I wasn't expecting to find medieval coins laid into an
eighteenth-century numismatic handbook, but that's exactly what happened when I paged through the Kislak Center's copy of the second volume of
Mikuláš Voigt's Beschreibung der bisher bekannten Böhmischen Münzen nach chronologischer Ordnung (Prague: Gerlische Buchhandlung,
The Piarist Voigt (1733-1787) was a pioneering Czech numismatist who studied the Podmokelský poklad-a hoard of Celtic rainbow cups
buried in a bronze cauldron and unearthed by a farmer at Podmokly in western Bohemia in 1771-as well as writing this inventory of then-known Bohemian
specie. A previous (unidentified, alas, but possibly 20th-century) owner of our copy of volume 2 laid in four small envelopes containing two
thirteenth-, one fourteenth-, and two fifteenth-century coins next to the engraved illustrations depicting them.
The oldest and most fragile of the five coins is a silver bracteate produced under Ottokar II, who ruled Bohemia from 1253 until his 1278 death in
battle against Rudolf I, King of the Romans (whose throne he coveted). Bracteates were a common German penny from the twelfth to the fifteenth
centuries; minted for local circulation, these very thin, one-sided coins feature a repoussé image on the obverse. The device on our example,
according to Voigt, is "[d]er böhmische gekrönte Löwe mit doppeltem Schweife; auf der Brust das österreichische Wappen"
[the Bohemian crowned lion with double tail; on its breast the Austrian coat of arms] (p. 63).
To read the complete article, see:
Skryté Stříbro! (Hidden Silver!)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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