London: Nathaniel Cooke, 1854. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 160pp (text), 23 leaves (plates). Original gold-, silver-, and blind-stamped decorative brown cloth. All edges gilt. Color frontispiece (counted as plate No. IX). Remarkable historical and critical account of the origin and progress of coinage in Great Britain and her colonial dependencies, from the earliest period to the Victorian era. This work is profusely illustrated throughout with 23 plates, including 12 striking chromolithographs in gold silver and copper. Moderate rubbing along edges of binding. Minor and sporadic foxing and age-toning throughout. Binding in overall good, interior in good+, plates in very good condition.
Included with this book 2 vintage coins:
1) Edward I 'London Mint' Long Cross Penny. (1301-1310), class 10. Obverse: facing bust with +EDW REX ANG DNS HYB legend. Reverse: long cross and pellets dividing CIVI TAS LON DON legend for London mint. N. 1042.
2) Henry VI First Reign Rosette Mascle Issue Half-Groat, (1427-1430), Calais Mint. S.1862. Obverse Description: A crowned bust of the King facing within a tressure of nine arches; around, (mm cross III) HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FR. Reverse Description: A long cross pattee dividing the legend, three pellets in each arm; around in two concentric circles, (mm V) POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM - VILLA CALISIE (pinecone after CALISIE) (translation: I have made God my helper - town of Calais). g+. Item #37318