A Bill of the prizes of such Tools & other things as may be usefull in her Majts 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 grains\weights/ & coyn wts \& grains/ 0. {illeg}|0|9 2{illeg}|35|. 09. 00
One pair of gold scales for weighing about 15lwt of gold wch we call a journey of gold 4. 00
If a pair of scales be wanting for weighing sixty lwt of silver wch we call a {illeg}|jo|urney of silver, they will cost about – – – – – 10. 00
|Two books of Vellum suppose of 80 leaves each, at 1s 6d a \skin or leaf/ leaf, \will cost/ 12li
They are not absolutely necessary. We use books of thick derny paper|

For the Assay Office

A pair of Assay ba{illeg}|l|lances wth a lanthorn 5.00.00 }
Assay wt|e|ights 2.00.00
Two Coppel molds 2|0|.10.00
Two pair of iron molds to cast two sorts of Assay bullets 0.10.00 17|6|.0{illeg}|8|.
Five douzen of Mufflers at 1s 6d a Muffler 4.10.00
Bone Fine bone-ashes {illeg}|on|e bushel 0.12.00
Charcoal an hundred bushels at {illeg}|8|d a bushel 4|3|.0{illeg}|6|.0{illeg}|8|

For the Melter

A set of b|B|rass patterns 1s 6d {illeg}|f|or making molds to cast the bars of gold & silver at 1s 6d pr lwt, \will cost/ about 3li & another set of flatting bars {illeg}\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\ } {illeg}|2|. {illeg}|01|. 00 }
A sweep mill 6. 00. 00 {illeg}. {illeg}. 00/26. {illeg}|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
Two dozen of brushes for cleaning the barrs\Half a dozen frail Brushes for cleaning the barrs/ /of gold & silver\ } 0. 03. 00

For the Moneyers

Two dozen of si{illeg}g|zi|ng seales wth \stands &/ counterpoizes at 11s a piece 1{2}|3|. 04. 00 }
Twenty four dozen of siszing {sic} flots (if by this name they mean Rasps for sizing the blanks at \{illeg}/ 1s pr lwt {illeg}|&| about 234|12|lwt \or 3lwt/ |to| a flot |will cost about| } 3{illeg}|40|. {illeg}|00|. 00 61. 09. 00
60. 0{illeg}|14|. 00
60. 1{illeg}|09|. 00
61. 17|08|. 00

|62. 06. 00|
Five hundred weight of Alume at 18 or 20s pr hundred 5. 00. 00
Two hundred wt of Argot or winestone\red wine-stone or Argot/ at {illeg}|3|0s a hundred 3. 00. 00
One dozen of soft brushes at 6d a piece 0. 06. 00
{Brush}/{illeg}\\A dozen of/ small scratch brushes for cleaning the Dyes \ten for the Moneyers & two for the Graver/ at 16d a piece 0. 1{5}|6|. 00

For the Graver Engineer & Smith

Blistered steel 500lw{illeg}|t| at 412d pr lwt 10. 10. {1}|0|0 }
German steel (if good can be had) 200wtt|about| |×| 10. 00. 00
|If their Dyes be made in the tower a small quantity will suffice.|
Two oyle-stones 20s. Two Grindstones 20s. |A table vice 25|4|s| 2|3|. 05|4|. 00 40. 0{illeg}|4|. 00\27. 14. 00/
Files of several sorts \vizt Rubbers/, at 1s a poun{illeg}|d| for rubbers, 2s a piece\wtt/ For bastard smot|o|th files & bastard smooth files, & 1s 6d a piece for\at 3s a piece &/ other files \at 18d a file/ will cost about 12 or 16li } 16|4| 00. 00
Four/Three\ small scratch brushes for the Graver at 2s a piece 0. {illeg}|96|. 00         
18{illeg}|{illeg}|. 0{illeg}|15|. 08
|182. 05. 08|

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 are apt to sink & fail & cost 6li a pair \{illeg}|b|ut 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 about \us/ 177 pound. The Moneyers have some of those Mills remaining in their hands wch they can afford cheaper. We use no books of Vellum but record or coynage in Leger books of thick derny paper. 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. And |[|several \other/ things mentioned in this Bill vary in their prizes according to the sizes & goodness.|]| \Its chief use is for making the Dyes & puncheons & we beleive {sic} it beleive it {sic}/ \{illeg}/ We belive {sic} it may be best for the money\safest for the money/ to have the impresson on the Dyes for both mints taken\made/ from the same puncheons. For the variety of impressions makes it more difficult to know good money & more difficult to easy to adulterate it.\/ Besides the things the mentioned in this Bill there should be two indented Trial pieces of crown gold so & 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 price\value/ of the gold & silver conteined in them \wch may be about 40 or 40li/ || What they\is/ meant |in ye Inventory| by large scratches half wier we do not understand \nor to what use they would put the large scratch brushes{sic}/. Our Melter brushes |meant| his barrs of gold & silver wth brushe{illeg}|s| made of a substance wch grows upon health grounds These brushes & is \very/ cheap. The Gravers & Moneyers clean their Dyes wth {illeg} small scratch brushes worth about 2s a brush & a dozen of those seem sufficient for them both Offices. And the Gravers {&} Moneyers clean their Dues with small scratch brushes \such as are used by the Graver/. {illeg} Besides the things mentioned &c


May it pl. yor Lp

We have co

In obedience to yor Lordps order of the {2}|3|d Instant we have considered the Inventory therewith sent us of Tools & other necessaries proposed to be provided in London for the use of her Majts Mint in Scotland & have here subjoyned the prizes \in London/ of such of them as seem to us proper & necessary to be furnished {illeg}|f|or 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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