In dismissing this work to the public, the author has great pleasure in acknowledging the readiness
with which assistance has been afforded to him from every collector, without exception, to whom he has had
occasion to refer. Not only during the process of the present work, but during a long course of years
whenever his numismatic pursuits have induced him to seek for access to any collection of coins or
medals, the permission has been granted with a readiness and liberality, which he has the greatest
gratification in recording. For assistance afforded in the present undertaking he is peculiarly
indebted to Sir Henry Ellis, K. H., who, amidst his extensive researches in English History, has never
failed to note every thing which would illustrate our national coinage; to J. D. Cuff, whose
collection of coins is exceedingly numerous and valuable, whose knowledge is peculiarly minute
and accurate, and whose stores of information have been communicated with the utmost freedom and
liberality; to the Rev. K. E. Shepherd, whose valuable assistance will be perceived in the the
account of the coins of the three Henries, and whose research into that obscure period is a proof and
a specimen of the accurate and minute attention, which he has bestowed upon our coinages, and the
successful result to which he has pushed his investigations.
The coins described from the Museum collection are indicated by the letters MB. those from
private collections by the names of the respective owners in italic capitals. The numbers within
brackets are references to the figures engraved in the present work.
The author has to apologize for rather a long list of errata, they are such as could scarcely be
have been discovered by any care of the printer, and for which he must therefore be himself
considered responsible; those who have had most experience of the dull and wearisome labour of
correcting the press, especially in a work dealing so extensively in references and figures as
the present, will be most easily appeased, and will be most ready to accept the apology of the author.
New year's day, 1841.
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