Catalogue Entry: MINT00299

'Proposals for setting a new standard of Plate'.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MINT 19/2/566-7, National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK

[Normalized Text] [Diplomatic Text]


Proposed regulations on hallmarking and restrictions on the use of solder (to come into effect on an unspecified date in 1711).

[1] The contents of this note are only visible in the diplomatic transcript because they were deleted on the original manuscript

[2] See Nat. an. 8 & 9 Gul. c: 8. p 184, 185.

[3] a The pieces of plate sodered together are frequently of different fineness.

[4] bIf one penny weight should be there allowed the plate would almost always be made one half penny weight then standard.

[5] c or such part thereof as shall be thought fit.

[6] d The Goldsmiths in England use too much soder & where soder is necessary, they may put into the plate so much fine silver as is wanting in the soder so that both together may be standard, without erring above two penny weight.

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