To the Right Honourable the Lord High Treasurer of England

May it please your Lordship.

In Obedience to Your Lordships Order to Vs of the 18th instant to consider of that part of her Majestys Order in Councill (a Copy whereof we receiv'd inclos'd) which relates to the continuing of the Mint in Scotland, together with that part of the Act of Parliament which we think Necessary to be done whereby the same may be effectually put in Execution, We humbly represent to your Lordship.

That whereas by the said Act of Parliament the Coin is to be of the same Standard and value throughout the united Kingdome, and Whereas also by the Indenture of her Majestys Mint in England the Warden is Order'd to make Standard Weights for the is Order'd to make Standard Weights for the Mint of both Nations to be examin'd and approved by the Officers of the English Mint and then Mark'd by the said Warden (which Clause we conceive to have been inserted into the said Indenture upon an Ancient Treaty between the Two Nations) We are humbly of Opinion that two New Piles of Troy weights one for each Mint be made exactly of the same weight with the Standard Troy Weights in the Exchequer and examin'd approv'd and stamp'd According to the directions of the said Indenture.


And that by a Iury of Goldsmiths (according to the direction of the same Indenture) there be made out of the same Molten Mass of Gold Six Trial pieces for Standard Gold, and out of the same Molten Mass of Silver Six trial pieces for Standard Silver vizt. one of each sort for the Exchequer at Westminster to try the pix, two of each sort for the proper Officers of each Mint to make and examine the mony, and one of each sort for the Goldsmiths

And We are further of opinion that the mony coin'd in both Mints be of the same sizes and stamp, with some letter or other Mark set upon the Scotch mony to distinguish it from the Mony coin'd in England, as was lately practic'd in the Country Mints

And whereas by the Act of Vnion, The Mint is to be continued in Scotland under the same rules as the Mint in England, and the present Officers of that Mint continued Subject to such regulations as her Majesty &ca. shall think fitt: We are humbly of Opinion that in Order thereunto, so much of the Indenture of the Mint in England as contains the rules for coynage be transmitted to the Mint in Scotland, in Order to the drawing up an instrument between her Majesty and the proper Officer for coyning there under the same rules as in England

And for the better putting the said rules in practice, the Officers of the Mint in Scotland may have liberty to send any of their Mint to see and learn the practice of the Mint in the Tower, and that if they desire it, an Offer of the English Mint be sent into Scotland to see the said rules fully put in practice. And that if they shall want any New Engines, they be provided for them in the Tower

all which is humbly Submitted to your

Lordships great Wisdome

I Stanley

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Report concerning the Mint in Scotland

[1] Mint Office March
the 23d. 1706

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