Catalogue Entry: MINT00179

Complaint about trial plates.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MINT 19/1/275, National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK

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The present trial plate is about a quarter of a grain finer than the last, which was itself too fine. Proposes that uniform standards for valuing silver and gold should apply throughout Great Britain to eliminate such anomalies.


[Note on dating: clearly post-dates the pyx trial of 21 August 1710, and the Treasury was only in commission until 28 March 1711: see NC, 5: 83, n.1. NC gives 'c. 31 December 1710' but describes its own suggestion as arbitrary.]

Printed in NC, 5: 82-3.

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