Friday, March 02, 2007

Gift of rare Chinese coins enriches Princeton University collection (Press Release)

A gift of more than 2,000 coins to the Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections will make relics from ancient and medieval China available to researchers on campus and around the world.

Lawren Wu, a 1992 alumnus, arranged for the donation from his mother, Tung Ching Wu, in memory of his father, the late collector and DuPont chemist Souheng Wu.

"The Wu Collection is notable for the care with which it was assembled, with many examples that are extremely rare or notable for their subtle variations in calligraphy," said Alan Stahl, curator of the University Numismatic Collection.

Part of the extensive assemblage can be viewed on the department's new online database for numismatics. Stahl said he believes Princeton may be one of the only institutions to catalog its collection of Chinese coins on the Internet. . . .

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