JERZY SAMUEL BANDTKIE (1768-1835) - A FORGOTTEN NUMISMATIST: A BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE (Numizmatyk zapomniany - Jerzy Samuel Bandtkie (1768-1835).- notatka bibliograficzna.
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Jerzy (Georg) Samuel Bandtkie (1768-1835), a versatile researcher, historian, expert on Slavonic languages, lexicographer and publisher, has his permanent place in the history of Polish science and culture. He is particularly esteemed as one of the pioneers of studies of the history of the book and libraries in Poland. His notable merits in the field of numismatics are not to be underestimated, albeit they have hitherto been hardly noticed. He dealt with numismatic while working in Wroclaw, and in Cracow, where he was the librarian of the Library of Jagiellonian University. Bandtkie's first numismatic article (in German) touched upon the oldest Polish and Silesian coins. His textbooks on the history of Poland include large sections on the history of coins in Poland, from the Middle ages up to the 18th century. Particulary worth mentioning is his article in Latin on Roman coins found in Poland. The explanatory model of the inflow of Roman coins into the area of Poland it includes is extremely interesting and fundamentally complain with current approach to the issue. The work also contains information on 20 coins finds from the area in question. Bandtkie's enormous achievement was to considerably enlarge and catalogue the numismatic collection of the Jagiellonian Library of which he was in charge. The catalogue he created included 6 volumes. It is not merely a valuable source for the reconstruction of the numismatic collection of the Jagiellonian University, but a source of information on coin collectors as well and also in many cases on coin finds from Poland. Bandtkie's manuscripts kept in the Jagiellonian Library are of a similar value.
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