A List of the Oriental Coins preserved in the British Museum

Scope and Content

'A List of the Oriental Coins preserved in the British Museum' by Bernhard Dorn - handwritten list of coins, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bernhard Dorn was a German orientalist. He specialized in the history and the languages of Iran, Russia and Afghanistan. He studied theology and philology at the universities of Halle and Leipzig. At Leipzig University Dorn worked for a while as a lecturer before becoming a professor of oriental languages at Kharkov University (1829–35). In 1835 he relocated to St. Petersburg as a professor of history and geography in the Asiatic department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He taught Sanskrit and Pashtu at St. Petersburg University. In 1839 he became an adjunct at the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he eventually attained the level of academician in 1852. He was appointed director of the Asiatic Museum in 1842 and director of the Ethnographic Museum in 1855.

Acquisition Information

The source of acquisition is unknown. It is likely that the list was created by Dorn and sent to the Royal Asiatic Society.

Custodial History

The custodial history is unknown.

Related Material

Several publications by Dorn are held in the Society's collections. Details can be found here.

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