John Brodribb Bergne
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John Brodribb Bergne

John Brodribb Bergne (1800-1873) was an English official, numismatist and antiquary.

Life

Bergne was born at Kensington, and entered the Foreign Office in January 1817. He was attached as clerk to the treaty department, of which he became superintendent in 1854. A trusted adviser of successive secretaries of state, his reputation was as an authority on matters connected with treaties. In 1865 he was a member of the commission appointed to revise the slave trade instructions. He remained the head of the treaty department till his death, early in 1873.[1]

Numismatist

Bergne was also an antiquary and numismatist, one of the founders of the Numismatic Society, of which he was treasurer from 1848 to 1857, and then a vice-president, He was fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. As a numismatist, Bergne concentrated on Roman and English coins, his collection of which was dispersed at his death, when many were purchased for the British Museum. The following are his contributions to the Numismatic Chronicle from its first publication in 1838:[1]

  • Pennies of William the Conqueror;
  • Additions to Mr. Walpole's Account of the Family of Roetiers;
  • Irish Penny of Edward I;
  • Remarks on the Pennies of Henry with the Short and Long Cross;
  • Half-crowns of Charles II of Uncertain Mints;
  • Unpublished Exeter Half-crowns of Charles I;
  • Numismatic Sermon preached in 1694;
  • Unpublished Coins of Guthred, Baldred, and William the Conqueror;
  • Coin of Cerausius of a New and Unpublished Type;
  • Another coin of Baldred;
  • Denarius of Pescenninus Niger;
  • Coin Pedigrees;
  • Unpublished Coins;
  • Foreign or Counterfeit Sterlings.

Family

The diplomat John Henry Gibbs Bergne was his eldest son.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Bergne, John Brodribb" . Dictionary of National Biography. 4. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ Lee, Sidney, ed. (1912). "Bergne, John Henry Gibbs" . Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). 1. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Bergne, John Brodribb". Dictionary of National Biography. 4. London: Smith, Elder & Co.


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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