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30 September 2023, 19:06

Legacy, finds and acquisitions: the Arthur Evans coin collection

Legacy, finds and acquisitions: the Arthur Evans coin collection
The English historian and archaeologist Arthur Evans occupied an important place in the history of the British Museum. The researcher studied the Minoan civilization, collected a large collection of ancient coins, and was one of the trustees of the British Museum. During the First World War, the military wanted to establish a headquarters in the museum building. Part of the exhibition had already been removed from the halls, but Evans managed to solve the problem, and soon the artifacts were returned to their rightful place.
Undoubtedly, Evans' interest in coins arose in his childhood - his father, John Evans, was a famous numismatist and was a member of various communities of historians and numismatists. At the age of seven, the boy made sketches of coins, and at the age of 20 he wrote one of his first works, dedicating it to a treasure discovered in Oxford (On a hoard of coins found at Oxford, with some remarks on the coinage of the first three Edwards).
The basis of Arthur Evans's collection was the legacy of his father, the rest was either bought by the numismatist or found during excavations. Since he had quite a lot of duplicates, he changed them or sold them. So, in 1889 and 1898. he anonymously sold at Sotheby's more than 280 coins discovered mainly in southern Italy and Sicily. In 1922, at the Naville auction, the archaeologist offered 342 lots: Roman and Byzantine gold coins. It is precisely because of the constant sales that it is very difficult to track down all the copies that belonged to Evans. Auction catalogs help in this matter, but they cannot fill absolutely all the gaps. The finances that the numismatist received from transactions went towards archaeological expeditions and excavations.

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