A New History of the Royal Mint

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C. E. Challis
Cambridge University Press, Nov 19, 1992 - Business & Economics - 806 pages
This major study traces the development of English minting from its origins in the seventh-century down to the highly mechanised factory production of the twentieth-century. It brings together the complementary skills of specialists who are already well-known for their distinctive contributions to the history of minting and coinage, and breaks ground by providing prevalent synthesis and analysis not only of numismatic and historical literature but also of primary sources. In each of the five chapters the location of minting, the chronology and size of output, mint personnel and organisation, and the main technology employed are closely described and analysed to reveal precisely what the main challenges to the Mint have been during its long history, and with what effect it has faced up to them. There are two substantial appendices - one on output from 1220 to 1985, the other on Mint contracts from 1279 to 1817 - a select bibliography, and copious illustrations in the form of 80 figures and maps.
 

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Contents

THE ENGLISH AND NORMAN MINTS C 6001158
1
English Coins from Athelstan to Stephen
52
Mints of the AngloSaxon and Norman Periods
60
FROM REGIONAL TO CENTRAL MINTING 11581464
83
Coins from the Short Cross Period to the Reign of Edward I
100
Part of the Ready Reckoner from A Treatise on the
125
Dies for Groats and HalfGroats of Edward III
156
Gold and Groats from Edward III to Henry VI
164
Particulars of the Account of William Stafford Warden of
213
Sir Martin Bowes 14971566
231
Estimated Output of Debased English Coin 15441551
233
Comparative Profits Excluding Overheads on Known
239
REFORM THE NEW TECHNOLOGY AND TOWER HILL
398
LLANTRISANT
607
Mint Output 12201985
662
E Challis
673

LORD HASTINGS TO THE GREAT SILVER RECOINAGE
179
The Gold and Silver Trial Plates of 1477
188
Tower
193
Output of Gold and Silver Coin Tower Mint 14621544
199
Net Profits accounted for by the Warden of the Tower
211
Mint Contracts 12791817
699
Select Bibliography
759
Index
775
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