Sir Issac Newton

Wednesday, 6 September 2017  |  Gareth

When Sir Isaac Newton pertained to The Royal Mint, Britain's finances were approaching crisis, with as much as one in ten circulating coins believed to be forgery.

His vision of matchless quality led him to root out and prosecute well-known counterfeiters, improve assaying strategies (the method coin quality is inspected), and fine-tune weights and steps to requirements never ever seen prior to.

In 1699 Newton became Master of the Mint. After managing the new coinage for the accession of Queen Anne in 1702 he also monitored the substantial job of bringing Scottish coinage into line with English coinage, following the Union of England and Scotland in 1707. Thanks to Newton's vision Royal Mint coins stay unrivalled in their precision and pureness to this day.

 

 

 

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