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Frédéric-Robert Jameson, 1861-1942

Frédéric-Robert Jameson was born in Paris in 1861 to a scholarly family of bankers. His grandmother was Anna Hottinguer of the Hottinguer banking family of Switzerland and France. Jameson would eventually join the family banking firm. He also became a passionate collector of ancient coins from about the age of 15. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society in 1922 and was a life member of the Societé Française de Numismatique.

Jameson’s vast collection of over 3,000 Greek and Roman coins was published in two volumes and two supplementals by Feuardent Frères from 1913-1932. He said that his Greek coins which covered the archaic through the Hellenistic periods were purchased for their beauty and condition. His Roman coins were a gallery of beautiful portraits. The catalogs were fully illustrated with 164 exceptional plates taken from casts.

Beginning in 1946, Jameson’s two surviving children began selling their father’s collection. Calouste Gulbenkian was given first choice but sent his advisor Stanley Robinson with instructions to limit the purchase to a maximum of 150 of the best pieces. The remaining coins were acquired by the dealer Jacob Hirsch who would sell several more to Gulbenkian, coins which Robinson would later say he would have bought if not for the limit! A large portion of the remaining collection was then offered to other collectors and the coins continue to circulate throughout the market today. They are considered to represent some of the finest Greek coins well chosen for both their superb style and preservation.

Rambach, H. (2022, October 11). Jameson, Frédéric-Robert (1861-1942). Coins Weekly. Retrieved January 31, 2023, from

Spring, J. (2009). Ancient Coin Auction Catalogues: 1880-1980. Spink, London 2009.

Walker, A. S. (2008). Catalogues and Their Collectors. American Journal of Numismatics 20, 597–615

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Sicily, Himera, ex: Jameson, et al.

AR Drachm, 5.83g. 21mm. c.550-515 B.C. Cock standing to left; raised vertical ridge to left.   Rev. Windmill pattern incuse.  Light die rust in the obverse field. Excceptionally well struck for this issue.  Kraay, Himera 53((this coin).  

This and two other dies in the series have an unusual raised ridge to the left of the cock.  Kraay suggests that this may be due to damage on the dies where the damaged section was smoothed down below the face of the bacground field.  The missing border dots were then re--engraved onto the repaired section.   


Ex: Virzi collection,  Jacob Hirsch, Munich, Auction XIX,  November 11,1907, lot 162 and plate V.
Ex: R. Jameson collection, Paris, 1913, no. 603 (for bio see:
Ex:H. de Nanteuil collection, Paris, 1925  no. 286 
Ex: Hess-Leu,  Lucerne, Auction 31, 1966, lot 101
Ex: Münzen und Medaillen AG 68, Basel, 1986, lot 111 
Ex: Triton IV, New York, 2000, lot 87 
Ex: Triton IX, New York, 2006, lot 689

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about Extremely Fine $10,000.
Thracian Islands, Thasos, ex: Jameson collection
AR Trihemiobol, 0.92g. 11mm.   c.404-340 B.C. Satyr kneeling and facing and holding kylix. Rev. Amphora. LeRider , pl. I,4.  SNG COP 1030. 
Beautiful reflective dark toning and exquisite style.
Ex: Hobart Smith, an American collector, Sotheby's, Auction,  April 20, 1909, lot 80(illustrated), bought in this sale by Jameson
Ex: Jameson collection 1072 (for bio see:
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Extremely Fine $6,500.

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