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17 Apr. 1674. It was Resolved that the present Tinn Farthings & Half pence not being of the Intrinsick value, & being easy to be counterfeited, were an obstruction to Trade, & a great grievance ot the subject.
That the farthings & half penc{illeg}|e| to be made for the future, ought to be made of English metall & of the Intrinsick value, & to be coyned by their Majesties at the {illeg}|M|int.
And it was resolved not to be lett to Farms.
{illeg}|V|pon these Resolutions an Address was Ordered to be drawn up: wch was done accordingly, & presented to his Majesty, that the Tinn farthings & half pence (not counterfeite{illeg}|d)| should be exchanged by his Maty.
20 Apr. The Addresse.
23 – – – The K|K|ings Answer, Vizt
That he was willing to comply with the desires of the House, & would do this as far as was consistent wth the publick good.
And soon after, An Agreement was \accordingly/ made with certain persons to change the Tin halfpence & farthings for others of copper to be coyned \for them/ by the Kings Officers at the Mint &c
13 Ian. 1695. {illeg}|A| complaint was made that the Patentees made the Farthings & half pence of base Copper{illeg}|,| and refused to deliver out any but {illeg}|f|or milled & broad unclipt money & at 1{5}|0|li or {}20|15|li per cent, & refused to exchange Tinn farthings.
3 Apr. The Committee made a Report
6 Apr. The Report was considered & several Resolutions made in behalf of the Patent{illeg}|e|es, vizt.
Resolved that upon Examination made of the complaint made against the Patentees for making \copper/ half pence & farthings, The Committee are of opinion that the said Patentees have made the said half pence & farthings & half pence of good <416v> |c|{b}|o|pper according to the direction of their Patent.
Resolved,
That the said Patentees have exchanged & delivered out hal{illeg}|f| pence & farthings for good & current silver money at the common value withou{illeg}|t| any further recompence.
Resolved,
That the said Patentees have exchanged {illeg}|2|00li a week of Tinn farthings & half {illeg}|p|ence for 200li of the {illeg}|l|ike value in copper half pence & farthings pursuant to their said Patent.
I{u}|n|ne 16978 An Act passed for stopping the Coyning of half pence & {illeg}|fa|rt{illeg}|h|ings for one year.
In 16989 A Bill passed the House of c|C|ommons for preventing the coyning them for One year longer, but the Bill did not pass the Lords house.
In 1699700 A Bill was brought in for restraining the coyning any m{illeg}|o|re half pence & far{illeg}|th|ings, but it went no further then the Committee.
1° Apr. 1708. (the last day of the session) {illeg}|A| Petition of the Inhabitants of Southwark was read setting forth
That they were informed some persons were attempting to obtain a New Licen{s}|c|e for a New Coynage of half pence & farthings {illeg}|t|h{illeg}|o| they were loaded with great quantities thereof, & prayed the Consideration of the house.
This Petition was ordered to lye on the Table.
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Ex{illeg}|t|racts out of the House of Commons I{illeg}|o|urnals about far{illeg}|t|hings

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