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Samuel Tyssen
Lawyer and Numismatist


temp. HANOVER. Samuel Tyssen, lawyer and numismatist. 1750?-1800. AR Medal (40mm, 25.21 g, 1h). On his death. By J. Milton. Dated 1800 (in Roman numerals). SAMUEL · TYSSEN · ARM · A · S · S · , bare head left; below, MILTON SC · AD VIVUM / DE/ NARBOROUGH HALL/ IN/ AGRO NORFOLCIENSI/ EFFIGIAVIT/ AMICA MANUS/ JOAN. MILTON/ MD CCC ([Samuel Tyssen] of Narborough Hall in the county of Norfolk. The friendly hand of John Milton made this likeness) in eight lines within wreath. BHM 491; Eimer 920. Good VF, toned.

Samuel Tyssen was among the greatest English coin collectors of the 18th century. After his death, his collection was dispersed by Sotheby’s in a sale lasting a remarkable twelve days.