Catalogue Entry: MINT00594

Report on copper coinage schemes

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MINT 19/5/30, National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK

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Hopes to put an end to proposals for new copper coinage. The nation is sufficiently stocked with copper for two or three years yet and then 40 tons will be enough. Specifies the quality of copper to be used and the hammer test for verifying it. The Mint can undertake the coinage more cheaply than any private contractor.

Preceded by a holograph draft of MINT00403 (Mint 19/3/46).


[Conjectural dating on the assumption this document was written not long after MINT00403, backed by the fact that this was precisely the time when Newton was being most pestered by unwelcome copper coinage proposals.]

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