Catalogue Entry: MINT00182

Treasury minute. Report of discussions concerning coinage offences.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MINT 19/2/83-4, National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK

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Peyton [warden] reports that half the silver brought to the Mint is suspected to be melted coin. Mint officers report that some new coins are being clipped and re-edged. Newton reports that wear and unlawful diminishing have reduced the weight of coins, especially sixpences. Treasurer orders the Mint to determine a reasonable level of loss by wear and a means of preventing the counterfeiting of coppers.

Fuller version, bearing the same date, in T. 29/20.45, MINT01079 (printed in NC, 5: 381-2 and CTB, 27, part 2 (1713):14).

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