A 1695 book has been strongly recommended to me,, by William Lowndes. There are free e-versions of the text available at Open Library. Lowndes proposed a solution to the critical shortage of coins at the time, but the Government instead followed advice from John Locke (on the basis that he had saved the life of the King’s uncle by operating successfully on an intestinal infection – an interesting reason for taking economic advice). This is the crisis covered by Thomas Levenson’s excellent book . Isaac Newton took charge of the Royal Mint from 1699 to his death in 1727, and finally sorted out the coinage crisis.
[amazon_image id=”1402168403″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]A Report Containing an Essay for the Amendment of the Silver Coins[/amazon_image]
It looks delightful: “In the most ancient times, when money was first coined within this island, it was made of Pure Gold and Silver, like the Moneys now currant in some other Nations, particuarly in Hungary and Barbary where they have Pieces of Gold called Ducats and Sultanelles; and in the Kingdom of Industan, where they have pieces of Silver called Rupees, which I have seen.”