A Bill of the prizes of such Tools & other things as may be usefull in her Majestys in Scotland.

From the Office of Receipt

One pyle of standard weights 2li 10s }
One set of bell-weights for gold 2. 00
One set of bell weights for silver 4. 10
Two sets of penny weights coyn weights & grains 0. 09 35. 09. 00
One pair of gold scales for weighing 15lwt of gold which we call a journey of gold 4. 00
If a pair of scales be wanting for weighing sixty pound weight of silver which we call a journey of silver, they will cost about 10. 00
Two books of Vellum suppose of 80 leaves each, at 1s 6d a skin or leaf, will cost 12li
They are not absolutely necessary. We use books of thick derny paper

For the Assay Office

A pair of Assay ballances with a lanthorn 5.00.00 }
Assay weights 2.00.00
Two Coppel molds 0.10.00
Two pair of iron molds to cast two sorts of Assay bullets 0.10.00 16.08.
Five douzen of Mufflers at 1s 6d a Muffler 4.10.00
Fine bone-ashes one bushel 0.12.00
Charcoal an hundred bushels at 8d a bushel 3.06.08

For the Melter

Brass patterns for making molds to cast the bars of gold & silver at 1s 6d per pound weight, will cost vizt 6 Guinea barrs, to half guinea bars, two crown Bars 4 half crown barrs six shillings barrs & two six penny barrs will cost about } 2. 01. 00 }
A sweep mill 6. 00. 00 26. 14. 00
Fifty pounds of Quicksilver at 5s a pound 12. 10. 00
Thirty bushels of bone-ashes for tests at 4s a bushel 6. 00. 00
Half a dozen frail Brushes for cleaning the barrs of gold & silver } 0. 03. 00

For the Moneyers

Two dozen of sizing seales with stands & counterpoizes at 11s a piece 13. 04. 00 }
Twenty four dozen of sizing flots (if by this name they mean Rasps for sizing the blanks at 1s per pound weight & about 212lwt or 3lwt to a flot will cost about } 40. 00. 00 62. 06. 00
Five hundred weight of Alume at 18 or 20s per hundred 5. 00. 00
Two hundred weight of red wine-stone or Argot at 30s a hundred 3. 00. 00
One dozen of soft brushes at 6d a piece 0. 06. 00
A dozen of small scratch brushes for cleaning the Dyes ten for the Moneyers & two for the Graver at 16d a piece 0. 16. 00

For the Graver Engineer & Smith

Blistered steel 500lwt at 412d per pound weight 10. 10. 00 }
German steel (if good can be had) 200wttabout ×
If their Dyes be made in the tower a small quantity will suffice.
Two oyle-stones 20s. Two Grindstones 20s. A table vice 24s 3. 04. 00 27. 14. 00
Files of several sorts vizt Rubbers, at 1s a pound weight smooth files & bastard smooth files, at 3s a piece & other files at 18d a file will cost about 12 or 16li } 14. 00. 00

168. 11. 08

Cast Rollers are not to be bought. The man who makes them keep the secret to himself & only lends the Rollers to the moneyers at 10s a day. Hammered rollers cost 6li a pair but are not so serviceable. What is meant by a siseing Mill we are not certain. If it be the Mill for drawing the barrs of gold & silver to a just thickness, such a Mill with three hammered rollers in the late recoynage cost us 177 pound. The Moneyers have some of those Mills remaining in their hands which they can afford cheaper. German steel is scarce to be met with in shops fit for our use. Our Smith tends into Germany for it. It costs from 8d to 12d or 14d according to the goodness & scarcity. Its chief use is for making the Dyes & puncheons & we believe it We believe it safest for the money to have the the Dyes for both mints made from the same puncheons. For the variety of impressions makes it more difficult to know good money & more easy to adulterate it. Besides the things mentioned in this Bill there should be two indented Trial pieces of crown gold & two of standard silver sent them, the one for making the money of due allay, the other for examining it before delivery. They will cost the value of the gold & silver conteined in them which may be about 40 or 40li ① What is meant in the Inventory by large scratches half wier we do not understand nor to what use they would put the large scratch brushes. Besides the things mentioned &c


May it please your Lordship

In obedience to your Lordships order of the 3d Instant we have considered the Inventory therewith sent us of Tools & other necessaries proposed to be provided in London for the use of her Majestys Mint in Scotland & have here subjoyned the prizes of such of them as seem to us proper & necessary to be furnished for the said Mint, supposing they are not already in that Mint & cannot be had cheaper from other places then from London.

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