To the Rt Honble Sidney Ld Godolphin Ld High Treasurer of England.

May it please yor Lordp

In obedience to yor Lordps Order of Reference of the 16th of Iune last past upon the annext Proposal of Mr Abel Slaney for himself & partners for a new Coinage of 700 Tuns of half pence & farthings, We do humbly acquaint yor Lordp that We have enquired into all {{illeg}|t|}he Coinages of that sort since the year 1672 & do find that in the Reigns of K. Charles ye 2d & K. Iames the {{illeg}|2|}d & in the beginning of the Reign of the last King & Quee{illeg}|n| the coinage of half pence & farthings was performed by one or more Commissioners who had money imprested from the Excheqr to buy Copper & Tin, & coined at 20d ꝑ pound Haverdupois & accounted upon oath to the Government for the produce thereof.

That upon calling in the Tin half pence & farthings by reason of the complaints made against them, there was a Patent granted to the Proposer & others who contracted to change the Tin {{illeg}|f|}arthings & half pence, & to enable them to bear that charge they were allowed to coin 700 Tuns at 21 pence ꝑ pound weight without being accountable to the Government. Which reason now ceasing we are humbly of opinion that the former method by Commission is most advantageous to the Government.

We do not hear there is any demand of halfpence & farthings at present, & tho there should be a want in some places it seems to proceed from an unequal distribution, for we are informed they are overstockt with them in others, a{{illeg}|s|} at ye General Post Office, about Newcastle & at Leicester.

We are further of opinion that the coynage of halfpence & farthings in this Kingdome should be to the intrinsick value, the charges of ye coynage & Incidents deducted; but if that be not thought advisable at present for fear of stopping the currency of those that are already abroad, We humbly conceive that whenever a new Coinage shall be thought convenient, it should be done in small quantities as her Majesty from time to time shall appoint, to supply the decrease & loss of those already coined without danger of new complaints by overstocking the Nation

All wch is most humbly submitted to yor Lordps great Wisdome.


Is. Newton.

[1] Mint Office 13 Iul. 1703

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