# Brief letter concerning the 'perusal' and possible purchase, apparently on Newton's behalf, of some Italian coins from an unspecified 'gentleman'.

^{[Editorial Note 1]}

Decat of Venice Vnworn weight 14^{dwt} 14^{gr}
$\frac{1}{2}$ Ducat unworn 7^{dwt} 7$\frac{1}{2}$^{gr}
$\frac{1}{4}$ Ducat unworn 3^{dwt}. 15^{gr}.

A Piece of 124 {sols} worn 3^{gr} {or} 4^{weight} 17^{dwt} 22^{gr} On one side a Lion winged before the Duke of Venice with a Flagg. & about it S.M Venst. Ant Priol Dun On the other side a Sain{t} before a Raven & about him Memor ero lui Iustina vir & underneath, 124.

A Piece of {7}2 {sols} worn 4^{gr} or 5. weight 8^{dwt} 22^{gr}. Of like form with the former except that the inscription about the Lyon & Duke is S. M. Ven. Domin. Con. D. & underneath the Lyon & Duke are the letters G.D.

A Crusade of Venice of 140 sols Weight 20^{dwt} 6^{gr}. On one side a Lion winged in an Escutcheon & about it Sanctus Marcus Venelus & underneath 140. Not worn. On the other side a flourishing Cross & about it Aloysius Contrare Dux Venat & apart G.S.

A half piece of the same form. Weight 10^{dwt} 0$\frac{1}{2}$^{gr}. Worn 2 or 3 grains. Vnder the Lyon the number 70 & about the cross Bertue Veleno. Dure Vene. And apart F.C.

A quarter piece of the same

An Ecu or Escuti of the Pope. Weight 20^{dwt} 14^{gr} Worn $\frac{1}{2}$^{gr} On one side the Popes head & about it Innocent XI Pont. Max. A. VIII. On the other side Dextera tya Domine percussit inimicum. 1684.

Three Testons of the Pope unworn weight 17^{dwt} 15^{gr} Singly 5. 21.^{gr} . Other four weighed 23^{dwt} 14^{gr}. Single 5.21$\frac{1}{2}$. Other three weighed 17^{dwt} 16^{gr}.

A small piece of silver money of the Pope weighed 20$\frac{2}{5}$^{gr}. A half Iule not worn, coynd 1685.

A Iulio coyd 1654 weight 2^{d} 3$\frac{1}{2}$^{gr}. worn 1$\frac{1}{2}$ or 2$\frac{1}{2}$^{gr} S^{t} George slaying a winged Dragon & about him S. Georgius Firrarice Protector 1654. On the other side the Popes arms & about them Innocentius X Pont. Max.

A piece of Millain wieght 2{0}^{dwt} 14^{gr} worn 5^{gr} or 6. The Philip. On one side his head crowned & about it Philippus III Rex Hispan 1621 On the other his arms & about it Dux Mediolan.

The crown of Millain weight 17^{dwt} 21 gr. The kings head & about it Carolus II Rex Hispaniarum On the Revers his arms & about it Mediolain Dux etc

Coyns of Naples of 100, 50, 20, 10 grains all of like form. The Kings head on {one} side & about it Car. II. D. G. Rex Hisp & Neap. & on the other side a golden Fleece suspended & under it the number of grains. These pieces were very well sized unworn & weighed 14^{dwt} 0$\frac{1}{4}$^{gr}; 7^{dwt} 0$\frac{1}{8}$^{gr}; 2. 19$\frac{1}{4}$; 1. 9$\frac{5}{8}$

Two twenty sols pieces of the Duke of Savoy, each weighing 3^{dwt} 21^{gr}. One coyned 1677 worn 1$\frac{1}{2}$^{gr}. The Dutchess & her son on one side & about them Mar. 10. Bap. Vic. Am. 11. D. G. Dux Sab. On the other side a mixt coat of arms crowned & about it Prin. Pedsom. Reges Cypri. 1677. The other piece not worn or above $\frac{1}{3}$ grain. The Dukes head & about it Victor Am. N D. G. Dux Sab. & the reverse like the other. Vnder the arms of them both 5.20. This last coynd 1691.

The {tens} sols pieces of the Duke of Savoy weighing 7^{dwt}. 21$\frac{1}{2}$^{gr}. & 1^{dwt} 22^{gr} worn each 1^{gr}. Dates 1676. 1681. Coynd like the 20 sols pieces. Vnder the arms written 5. 10.

Two Sevil double Pistoles of a new form, the one not edged coynd 1682 weighing 8^{dwt} 15^{gr} $\frac{3}{4}$ the other edged 1699 weighing 8^{dwt} 17^{gr}. Well coynd. On one side a coat of arms crowned & about it Car. 11. D.G. on the other a cross & about it Hispaniarum rex On either side the coat of arms 4. {Item} a $\frac{1}{2}$ & $\frac{1}{4}$ piece of like form & proportional weight. Well sized.

{Zacheens} which half & quarter.

A double Pistole of the Pope. Weight 8^{d} 14$\frac{1}{2}$^{gr}: OThe Popes head & about it Veramus Pont. Max. On the other side an Angel Mich:with a spere slaying the Devil & about it vivil Deus. 1634.

A half Pistole of the Pope weighing 2^{dwt} 4^{gr} The Popes arms with Innocent XI Pont. Max. On the other side the Virgin holding Christ & about her Sublimis inter sidera

A double Pistole of Millain weight 8^{dwt} 12^{gr} worn 1 or 2^{gr}. A single one weight 4^{dwt}, 6$\frac{1}{3}$^{gr} not worn

Another single one weight 4^{dwt} 5$\frac{3}{4}$^{gr} worn $\frac{1}{4}$grains.The ^{[1]}

king of spains head on one side & arms on the other. with the title medolain Dux.

A double Pistole of Geneva. Weight 8^{dwt} 15^{gr} ^{[2]}

worn 1^{gr}. A cross & about it Conradus III Ro. Rex G.F. On the other side this figure & about it Dux {et Gub} Reip. Gen.

A Pistole of the Duke of Savoy. Weight 4^{dwt} 8$\frac{1}{2}$^{gr} well coynd. His head & about it Car. Em. II. D. G. Dux Sab. 1675. On the other side his arms crownd & about it Prin^{e} Pied. Rex Cypri.

A double Pistole of Placentia weight 8^{dwt} 9^{gr} worn 1^{gr}.

A Hungary Ducant weight 2^{deadweight} 5$\frac{2}{3}$ grains.

^{[Editorial Note 2]}

Sir

I have waited on the Gentleman about the Italian Coins, & I have obtain'd their perusal for 3 or 4 days, So that you please to vouchsafe the Honour of calling before I return 'em, shall be glad may pass your observacion, & then if appears amongst 'em any Thing Material where several of a Sort, believe may purchase 'em

I'me scarce ever from the Counting House except betwixt 2 & 3 Nor ever expect to see any Gentlemen there for whose Character shall entertain a more sensible Veneration

Sir

Your most humble & obe{dient}

Servant,

*Isaac Davies*

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