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
, 15 Oct.
, above (see note 9
Bridgen presented the coin with the extract to the Society of Antiquaries on 8 December.
15 Dec., a Dr. Combe told the Society that the inscription on the coin did not resemble
(Carthaginian) writing, as some Americans had supposed, but was closer to Arabic or
writing. As for the inscription on Dighton (Taunton) Rock, however, a Dr. Morton assured
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).