Catalogue Entry: MINT00609

Report on a proposal by Charles Tunnah and William Dale to coin 1,000 tons of halfpence and farthings from an artificial metal similar to gold

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: MINT 19/2/435, National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK

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Advise rejection of the bid, since such a metal is likely to be very useful to counterfeiters, there is no way of testing its intrinsic value, and nothing like 1,000 tons of extra copper money is needed anyway.

Draft of T. 1/172.25, MINT00981 (printed in Shaw, 186-7, where it is misdated 27 January, and NC, 6: 58-9). Another draft at MINT00893(b) (Mint 19/2/334-5). Tunnah's and Dale's proposal is also in Shaw, 188-9.

[1] Mint Office
23 Ian. 17134.

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