gave the coin to “Mr. [Edward?]
Bridgen,” with a note and an extract from Tyler's letter, for presentation to London's
Society of Antiquaries; the extract is a nearly verbatim transcription of the fourteenth
paragraph of Tyler to JA
, 15 Oct.
, above (see note 9
Bridgen presented the coin with the extract to the Society of Antiquaries on 8 December.
On 15 Dec., a Dr. Combe told the Society that the inscription on the coin did not
resemble Punic (Carthaginian) writing, as some Americans had supposed, but was closer
to Arabic or Turkish writing. As for the inscription on Dighton (Taunton) Rock, however,
a Dr. Morton assured the Society that it did indeed appear to resemble Phoenician
or Carthaginian writing (Minutes of the Society of Antiquaries of London, 8 and 15 Dec. 1785, 21:39, 41–43).