BATESON J D & CAMPBELL I Byzantine and Early Medieval Western European Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet
University of Glasgow. London 1998. xix (1) 180 pages, 29 plates. Cloth. The Hunter Coin Cabinet is one of the world's major collections. Founded by William Hunter in the eighteenth century, it is particularly rich in Greek, Roman and British coins. A three-volume Catalogue of Greek Coins in the Hunterian Collection was published by Sir George Macdonald in 1899-1905, while Roman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, in five volumes, by Professor Anne Roberston appeared between the years 1962 and 1982. Two volumes, on the Anglo-Saxon and Scottish collections, have also been issued as part of the British Academ'y Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles series. This left the Byzantine coins and an important group of Early Medieval Western European coins unpublished. These have now been brought together to form the present catalogue. Seven hundred and twenty five specimens are described, consisting of 569 Byzantine coins and 156 Early Medieval Western European coins, two thirds of which are Ostrogothic and Merovingian issues. As with the Roman Imperial series, the Hunterian collection is strong in the gold issues of Byzantium. Many of these formed a part of the Joseph de France collection acquired by Hunter in Vienna in 1782. Again, the volume contains a number of rare, unpublished and unique specimens. All the Early Medieval Western European coins are illustrated, as well as the Byzantine gold and silver issues, along with a selection of the Byzantine bronze.