Catalogue Entry: MINT00601

'Considerations about the Coynage of Copper Moneys'.

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Mint 19/II.352, National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK

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18-point memorandum (but point 17 is left blank). 700 tons of copper coin at most is enough for England, of which there is already over three quarters in circulation. Recommendations on quantity to be coined, type of metal used and denominations released. Coinage should be undertaken exclusively by the Mint, and should cover its own costs, with any surplus profit to be disposed of at the Queen's pleasure.


[Note on dating: obviously before Queen Anne's death in 1714 and possibly related to (in the event unrealised) plans for copper coinage in 1713: see NC, 5: 416, n. 1, and Craig, NATM, 96-8.]

Printed in NC, 5: 415-6.

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