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« on: February 03, 2007, 10:04:20 am »

If anyone lives near London or is visiting before March 4th, can I recommend "London: A Life in Maps" at the British Library. As the name implies it features maps of London through the ages and much more besides. I have always been fascinated by maps and it's even more fascinating when they show somewhere I know, as it was in earlier epocs.

As a bonus at the start of the exhibition there is a case with a few coins, including the famous Arras medalion showing Constantius entering London and the recently discovered Coenwulf gold coin. I'm not sure if they are the originals but they don't say they're not, and they look quite convincing.

I should also mention the permanent exhibition at the British Library which includes such gems as the 4th century Codex Sinaiticus, the world's oldest Bible, Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Bible, Shakespeare's folios, etc., etc., etc.
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2007, 12:17:55 pm »

And if you can't get to London, here is the link to the virtual exhibition   Grin

http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/londoninmaps/homepage.html

Enjoy!

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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2007, 12:48:33 pm »

Hi,

There is only one Arras medallion and that is in Paris. The BM has an electrotype (by Bourgey?).

The Coenwulf gold coin is also interesting. There is rife speculation (even amongst academics) over its authenticity - the BM can't be wrong though, can they. Who mentioned Piltdown man.........

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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2007, 04:05:40 pm »

The original of the famous "Reconquest of Britain" medallion is not in Paris, but in the Museum at Arras, according to Bastien, Le Trésor de Beaurains (dit d'Arras), Wetteren 1977, no. 218.
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2007, 04:18:00 pm »

Curtis is absolutely right - and they don't let it out very often!

Bourgey made a number of electrotypes of the Arras hoard, of which the BM example is just one. I think he made several sets of the more spectacular coins of the Arras hoard.

I was just looking at photographs of the Coenwulf penny (or mancus) this evening. The portrait still strikes me as completely out of period!

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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2007, 04:55:51 am »

Hi,

My mistake on the Arras medallion location; knew it was in France and just assumed the BN would have got it.

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