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BANK OF FRANCE. (Converting the franc at 25 to the £) LIABILITIES,

£ Public deposits

15,131 14,360 15,475 16,044 Private deposits

24,968 22,564 19,259 19,320 Notes in circulation

106,659 107,222 107,645 107,761 Other items

12,768 12,982 13,203 13,000

12,582 20,652 101,226 11,757

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Rate of discount

Mar 31.

Apl. 7. | Apl. 15. Apl. 22.

1881. Apl. 23.

IMPERIAL BANK OF

GERMANY. (Converting the reich-mark at 20 to

the £) LIABILITIES.

Notes in circulation
Current accounts

Other items
Assets.

Coin and bullion
Bills and loans

Other items
Rate of discount

£
38,403 37,442 56,461
8,249 8,598 7,956
6,974 6,958 6,938

£
36,267
8,629
6,933

36:23 8,921

28,618
17,560

27,543
21,036
5,447
4%

27,210 27,599
20,827 18,874
5,310 5,254
4% 4%

27,934
19,052
5,247
4%

Mar. 29. Apl. 5.

Apl. 12. A pl. 19.

1881. Apl. 20.

MISCELLANEOUS.
Clearing-house returns
Average price of wheat
Price of consols
Bar silver fine per oz. standard
3% French Rentes

100,067 158,559 84,280 148,951 $2,773
44s. 5d. 458. 1d. 458. 5d. 45s.110. 448. Id.

1011 1012 1014 1017 1001
521
5214 525 52d.

525 83.30 83-571 84.05 812 83

SUMMARY OF AUSTRALASIAN BANK RETURNS.
Compiled from the Sworn Averages for the Quarter ended 31st December, 1881.

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Totals

36,244, 232 62,957,963 69,379,279 • New Zealand.--This includes £588,330 Government deposits. + Tasmania.- In this colony's Bank Returas, deposits bearing interest are not distinguished from those not bearing interest.

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PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS, SESSION 1882.

DURING the Parliamentary Session it is proposed to give the titles, &c., of such Parliamentary Papers, Returns, Bills, Acts, &c., as have been issued from time to time.

The following additional Papers have been already issued :

REPORT No. 138. Post OFFICE ANNUITIES AND LIFE ASSURANCE POLICIES,

PRICE ls. 3d. RETURN No. 3-II. ACCOUNTS RELATING TO TRADE AND NAVIGATION OF THE

UNITED KINGDOM DURING MARCH, 1882, Price 6d. RETURN No. 88. REVENUE, TAXATION AND POPULATION, Price ld. PAPER No. 135. MERCHANT SHIPPING TABLES FOR 1881, PRICE 5d.

No. 133. NATIONAL DEBT (ANNUITIES), Price 1d.

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Note.—The foregoing Papers may be obtained as under :

Parliamentary Papers, Report and Bills at Messrs. Hansard's, 13, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Acts at Messrs. Eyre and Spottiswoode's, East Harding Street, Fetter Lane, E.C.

Parliamentary Papers, Reports and Bills issued by the House of Lords may be obtained at the Sale Office, House of Lords.

Persons in the country, and others who may find it inconvenient to send personally to the above places, may obtain any of the Papers and Acts by communicating with Mr. P. S. King, Canada Building, King Street, Westminster, S.W., who undertakes, on payment the cost and postage, to send them with as little delay as possible.

VOL. III.)

[PART IV.

JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF BANKERS.

JUNE, 1882.

SIR John LUBBOCK, Bart., M.P., President, in the Chair.

OUR GOLD COISAGE. AN INQUIRY INTO ITS PRESENT DEFECTIVE COSDITION, WITH A VIEW TO

ITS REFORM.

BY JOHN BIDDULPH MARTIN, Esq., M.A., F.S.S.

[Read before the Bankers' Institute, Wednesday, 19th April, 1882.)

“ It is, we believe, undeniable that a very large portion of the gold coins circulating in this country is below the current weight, or very nearly so, and a gradual re-coinage will soon becomo a matter of necessity under any circumstances."Report of Royal Commission on International Coinage, 1868.

I was permitted two years ago to read before the Institute of Bankers a paper on the system of paper currency in this and other countries, and while I feel fattered in being called upon to appear before the Society a second time after so short an interval, I deem that the compliment is paid rather to the subject than to the lecturer. There is, as yet, by no means a dearth of matter to which the attention of this Society might advantageously be called, and in our muster-roll we have no lack of capable exponents thereof; but it was suggested to me that an inquiry into our bank-note system might suitably be followed up by a paper on the gold currency of this country, and ultimately my own diffidence yielded to my sense of the importance of the subject, and, I may add to the inexhaustible importunity of our late esteemed secretary.

It need hardly be said that the question of the currency is one that is vital to the prosperity of every country, and one that has during the whole period of our national history engrossed the attention of both statesmen and theorists; there has been at all times a struggle between Royal prerogative and private ingenuity, honest or otherwise, to make the coin of the realm do more than its fair share of

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