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TABLE VI.

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TABLE VIa.

HEAVY SOVEREIGNS.

LIGHT HALF-SOVEREIGNS.

1817-20. 1821-30. 1831-40. 1841-50. 1851-60. 1861-70. 1871-81.

Total. 1817-20. 1821-30.1831-10. 1841-50. 1851-60. 1861-70. 1871-81

Total.

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176 2,939 | 2,529 7,407 10,759 11,993 2,293 38,096 275 2,931 4,397 12,526 17,151 | 25,876 9,915 | 73,071 108 4,373 3,6909,419 12,873 | 17,699 6,974 | 55,136 120 4,266 2,891 6,675 8,217 8,289 1,518 | 31,976 82 2,287 | 1,784 2,628 5,719 6,359 2,519 21,378

114 550 2,015 24,227 | 26,929 77 913 3,666 9,209 30,944 | 44,864 337 1,711 | 9,928 21,615 | 34,265 68,024 259 2,260 7,611 15,510 | 52,887 | 78,622

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1817-20. 1821-30. 1831-40. 1811-30. 1851-60. 1861-70.1871-80.

Total. [1917-20. 1821-30. 1831-10.1841-50. 1851-60. 1861-70. 1871-80. Total.

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A.=Cities having a Branch

of the Bank of England
B.=London and Suburbs
C.=English Country Banks
D.=Irish Banks
E.=Scotch Banks

Mean

A.=Cities having a Branch

of the Bank of England
B.=London and Suburbs
C.=English Country Banks
D.=Irish Banks
E=Scotch Banks

39
24

Mean 63,000

17

41

91

880 3,574

8,575 28,068 41,246

243

644

828

9,177 18,112 | 17,493 12,257 58,754

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37,000

gr. 121.671

42,900

gr. 61.152

57,100

gr. 60-135

A. Cities having a Branch of the Bank of

England.
B. London and Suburbs.
C. English County Banks
D. Irish banks
E. Scotch Banks..
F. Industrial Firms
G. Railways
H. Post Oflices

43,057
47.598
63,167
47,552

123.221
123.215
122.702
123.057

56,943
52,402
36,833
52,448

121.630
121.824
121.805
122:103

24,526
32,610
42,333
49,600

61.536
61.119?
60-708 ?
61.445

75,474
67,390
57,667
50,460

59.525
59.189
60.630
60-420

68,000

122.892

32,000

121.697

36,666

61.341

63,334

60.363

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APPENDIX I.

CHAP. 10. A.D. 1870. An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the Coinage and Her Majesty's Mint.

[4th April, 1870.] WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to the Coinage and Her Majesty's Mint :

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as

follows: Short title. 1. This Act may be cited as “ The Coinage Act, 1870." Definitions of 2. In this Actterms.

The term “ Treasury” means the Lord High Treasurer for the time

being, or the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury for the

time being, or any two of them;
The term “ the Mint” means, except as expressly provided, Her

Majesty's Royal Mint in England;
The term “British Possession means any colony, plantation, island,

territory, or settlement, within Her Majesty's dominions and not

within the United Kingdom ; and

The term “person” includes a body corporate. Standard of 3. All coins made at the Mint of the denominations mentioned in the coins.

first schedule to this Act shall be of the weight and fineness specified in that schedule, and the standard trial plates shall be made accordingly.

If any coin of gold, silver or bronze, but of any other denomination than that of the coins mentioned in the first schedule to this Act, is hereafter coined at the Mint, such coin shall be of a weight and fineness bearing the same proportion to the weight and fineness specified in that schedule as the denomination of such coin bears to the denominations mentioned in that schedule.

Provided that in the making of coins a remedy (or variation from the standard weight and fineness specified in the said first schedule) shall be

allowed of an amount not exceeding the amount specified in that schedule. Legal tender. 4. A tender of payment of money, if made in coins which have been

issued by the Mint in accordance with the provisions of this Act, and
have not been called in by any proclamation made in pursuance of this
Act, and have not become diminished in weight, by wear or other-
wise, so as to be of less weight than the current weight, that is to say,
than the weight (if any) specified as the least current weight in the first
schedule to this Act, or less than such weight as may be declared by any
proclamation made in pursuance of this Act, shall be a legal tender-

In the case of gold coins for a payment of any amount:
In the case of silver coins for a payment of an amount not exceeding

forty shillings, but for no greater amount;
In the case of bronze coins for a payment of an amount not exceeding

one shilling, but for no greater amount.

Nothing in this Act shall prevent any paper currency which under any A.D. 1870. Act or otherwise is a legal tender from being a legal tender.

5. No piece of gold, silver, copper, or bronze, or of any metal or mixed Probibition of metal, of any value whatever, shall be made or issued, except by the Mint, other coins and as a coin or a token for money, or as purporting that the holder thereof is entitled to demand any value denoted thereon. Every person who acts in contravention of this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding twenty pounds.

6. Every contract, sale, payment, bill, note, instrument, and security Contracts, &c., for money, and every transaction, dealing, matter, and thing whatever to be made in relating to money, or involving the payment of or the liability to pay any

currency. money, which is made, executed, or entered into, done or had, shall be made, executed, entered into, done and had according to the coins which are current and legal tender in pursuance of this Act, and not otherwise, unless the same be made, executed, entered into, done or had according to the currency of some British possession or some foreign state.

7. Where any gold coin of the realm is below the current weight as pro- Defacing light vided by this Act, or where any coin is called in by any proclamation, gold coin. every person shall, by himself or others, cut, break, or deface any such coin tendered to him in payment, and the person tendering the same shall bear the loss.

If any coin cut, broken, or defaced in pursuance of this section is not below the current weight, or has not been called in by any proclamation, the person cutting, breaking, or defacing the same shall receive the same in payment according to its denomination. Any dispute which may arise under this section may be determined by a summary proceeding.

8. Where any person brings to the Mint any gold bullion, such bullion Coining of shall be assayed and coined, and delivered out to such person, without any bullion taken to

the Mint. charge for such assay or coining, or for waste in coinage. Provided that (1.) If the fineness of the whole of the bullion so brought to the Mint

is such that it cannot be brought to the standard fineness under this
Act of the coin to be coined thereout, without refining some portion
of it, the master of the Mint may refuse to receive, assay, or coin

such bullion :
(2.) Where the bullion so brought to the Mint is finer than the stand-

ard fineness under this Act of the coin to be coined therevut, there
shall be delivered to the person bringing the same such additional

amount of coin as is proportionate to such superior fineness.
No undue preference shall be shown to any person under this section,
and every person shall have priority according to the time at which he
brought such bullion to the Mint.

9. The Treasury may from time to time issue to the master of the Mint, Purchase of out of the growing produce of the Consolidated Fund, such sums as may bullion. be necessary to enable him to purchase bullion in order to provide supplies of coin for the public service.

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