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So-called bracteates dating back to late classical antiquity and the Middle Ages are no larger than a finger nail.
Of the German medieval coins, the "bracteates" (Lat. bractea, "a thin sheet of metal") deserve special mention.
The bracteates and jewels, from the bright-shining city, 
They were not personal ornaments, like the Scandinavian bracteates of earlier times, but genuine coins.
He added to the rare Hebrew, Greek, and Roman coins and bracteates collections of copper-plate engravings (over 20,000), minerals, shells, and paintings.
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