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Medals and coins honoring Sir Isaac Newton: Finding Aid
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Administrative Information
  • Access
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related materials in the Huntington Library
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Medals and coins honoring Sir Isaac Newton
    Dates (inclusive): 1667-1951
    Bulk dates: 1730-1800
    Collection Number: mssBabsonMedals
    Extent: 39 items in 3 boxes.
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Rare Books Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Medals and coins honoring Sir Isaac Newton collection contains various medallions, medals and coins, some in plaster replica which chiefly depict Isaac Newton.
    Language: English.
    Finding aid last updated on April 5, 2018.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Babson College's Grace K. Babson Collection of the Works of Sir Isaac Newton.The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.


    On long term-loan from Babson College's Grace K. Babson Collection of the Works of Sir Isaac Newton, November 2006


    The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please contact Reader Services.
    Access to the material is restricted. Available with curator approval. Extended retrieval and delivery time required

    Biographical Note

    Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) was an English astronomer, mathemetician, theologian and natural philosopher. Newton was appointed Warden of the Royal Mint in 1696, and later became Master of the Mint in 1699, a post which he held until his death in 1727. During his tenure, he oversaw the Great Recoinage of the nation's silver currency.

    Scope and Content

    Collection of medals and coins commemorating Sir Isaac Newton's achievements at the Royal Mint and scientific endeavors. The collection contains various medals, medallions and coins (some in plaster replica) depicting posthumous tributes to Newton issued by the Royal Mint, Wedgwood and other private sources, chiefly between 1730 and 1800. It also includes a plaster replica of a medal honoring William Stukeley (1687-1765), Newton's first biographer, and coinage representing Newton's tenure at the Mint.

    Related materials in the Huntington Library

    • Forms part of Babson College's Grace K. Babson Collection of the Works of Sir Isaac Newton on long term-loan to the Huntington


    The collection is arranged in three boxes primarily by size. Box 3 contains smaller portrait medals and coins. The original housing for the coins and smaller medals, including any notes and numbering from the Babson collection, have been preserved in mylar enclosures alongside the items.

    Technical Details

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727 -- Medals.
    Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727 -- Numismatics.
    Stukeley, William, 1687-1765 -- Medals.
    Coins, British.


    Coins (Money).
    Medallions (Medals).