Jameson, Frédéric-Robert (1861-1942)

    Maxentius, 307-312. Aureus, c. 310-312. Ex Jameson Collection. From Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 62 (2011), 2091.
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    by Hadrien Rambach

    Robert Jameson was a cousin of the Swiss banker Baron Hottinguer. A banker himself, of Scottish ancestors, he became Régent of the Banque de France. He is known to have owned an important real estate empire, including nos 6-8 avenue Velasquez, 75008 Paris. Jameson served as head of a railroad station in Paris during WWI, for which he received the Légion d’Honneur. He had become a numismatic expert in his own right, publishing several scholarly articles on finds of Greek coins.

    His catalogue of over 3,000 coins was published by Feuardent Frères: Collection R. Jameson. Monnaies impériales romaines, four volumes, Paris 1913-1932 (2620 Greek and 538 Roman coins). He had purchased all of the Evans collection of Greek coins, and resold 583 lots of duplicates at auction in Paris in June 1906. Jameson “died in 1942 and the collection was then sold privately. The first 150 pieces were sold to Gulbenkian in 1946, the remainder was then acquired by Jacob Hirsch who dispersed them directly to collectors and through auctions; considerable numbers remained in his stock at the time of his death and continued to be sold by Leo Mildenberg up until the last pieces were disposed of in the 1980s”.

    Bibliography:

    • Alan Walker, “Catalogues and their collectors”, in American Journal of Numismatics, vol. 20 (2008), pp. 597-615: pp. 602-604 and 613-614.
    • Hadrien Rambach, “Provenance glossary”, in Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 91: the George W. La Borde collection of Roman aurei – part I, Zurich, 23 May 2016, pp. [67]-[79].
    • Hadrien Rambach, “Provenance glossary”, in Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 99: the George W. La Borde collection of Roman aurei – part II, Zurich, 29 May 2017, pp. 47-63.
    • Hadrien Rambach, “Provenance glossary”, in Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 105: the George W. La Borde collection of Roman aurei – part III, Zurich, 9 May 2018, pp. 82-105.

    This article was first published in a catalogue of auction house Numismatica Ars Classica.