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four-pence this mark IV. of four on the reverse; and on the other side they may each have the king's head with a crown on it, to show on that side too that the piece so coined is one of those under a six-pence; and with that they may each, on that side also, have some marks of distinction one from another, as the five-pence this mark of V. the four-pence-halfpenny a little harp, and the four-pence nothing.

These or any other better distinctions which his majesty shall order, will in tale readily discover them, if by chance any of them fall into larger payments, for which they are not designed.

And thus I have, with as much brevity and clearness as I could, complied with what Mr. Lowndes professes to be the end of printing his report in these words, viz. “ That any persons, who have considered an affair of this nature, may (if they please) communicate their thoughts for rendering the design here aimed at more perfect, or more agreeable to the public service.” It must be confessed, that my considerations have led me to thoughts, in some parts of this affair, quite opposite to Mr. Lowndes's: but how far this has been from any desire to oppose him, or to have a dispute with a man no otherwise known to me but by his civilities, and whom I have a very great esteem for, will appear by what I printed about raising the value of money about three years since. All that I have said here, in answer to him, being nothing but the applying the principles I then went on, particularly now, to Mr. Lowndes's arguments, as they came in my way, that so thereby others may judge what will, or will not, be the consequences of such a change of our coin as he proposes; the only way, I think, of rendering his design more agreeable to the public service.

One shilling contained of fine

silver.

Gr. 28 Edw. 1264 18 Edw, 3236 27 Edw. 3213 9 Hen. 5 176 1 Hen. 6 142 4 Hen. 6176 49 Hen. 6 142

1 Hen. 8118 34 Hen. 8100 36 Hen. 8 60 37 Hen. 81 40

The fineness increased, but the weight lessened.

Gr. 3 Edw. 6/10 5 Edw. 620 6 Edw. 688 2 Eliz. 89

43 Eliz. i. e. 75 gr.

. in a penny.

WILLIAX III. ilb. troy of sterling silver is coined in 628. the remedy over or under is 2,5 pwt. or 6 d. which is the 124 part fere v. pl. 8 Aug. 99.

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SPECIES. Mexico real Ducatoon of Flanders Seville real Holland dollar Lyon dollar Rixdollar of the Empire Old cardecu French louis Double milrez of Portugal Single milrez of Portugal St. Mark of Venice Double Dutch stiver Cross dollar Zealand dollar Old Philip dollar Ferdinando dollar, 1623 Prince of Orange dollar, 1624 Leopoldus dollar, 1624 Rodolphus dollar, 1607 Maximilian dollar, 1616 Danish dollar, 1620 Portugal testoon The quarter of a new louis

oz. pwt. gr. Just std. (oz. pwt.sh. pen. 0 17 12 better 0 0 4 41 1 022

0 415 4 0 17 12 worse lo 14 41 0 18 5

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0714 5 0 6 3} 0 11 0 17 11 0 14 4

0 113 0 7 2

0 11 9 0 10 4

0 1126 0 1 0

14 6 0 13 10 18 0

0 12 14 21 0 13 0

2 0 2 3 i 2 0

1 0 5 0 o 18 6

0 1214 3 0 18 6

0 1014 31 0 18 2

0 94 31 0 18 7

0 10 14 4 0 18 2 0 414 43 0 130

0 13 2 11 10 5 0

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TWO

TREATISES

OF

GOVERNMEN T.

IN THE FORMER,

THE FALSE PRINCIPLES AND FOUNDATION OF SIR ROBERT FIL

MER, AND HIS FOLLOWERS, ARE DETECTED AND OVERTHROWN:

THE LATTER,

IS AN ESSAY CONCERNING THE TRUE ORIGINAL, EXTENT, AND

END, OF CIVIL GOVERNMENT.

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