The Royal Mint Records for the 1844 Issue


In his book, "The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories", Major F. Pridmore states that the mintage of the 1844 Jersey one thirteenth of a shilling as 27,040. The remaining issues have the following mintages: the 1841 with 116480, the 1851 with 173333, the 1858 with 173333, and the 1861 with 173333. This would make the 1844 the key of the series. Krause and other leading publications have repeated these numbers.

However, from the following Royal Mint correspondence (see the British Public Records Office MINT 1/39) we learn that that 2 1/2 tons of copper were used to strike the 1844 1/13th of a shilling generating a mintage of 145,600. Two tons of copper produced 232,960 1/26th of shilling coins. The total cost of production of the 1844 coinage was £583/13/9.




Initial Request for 1844 Coinage
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A Further Request
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An Estimate of Cost (Continued)
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The Estimate of Cost
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Initial Payment for Coinage Cost
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Initial Payment for Coinage Cost (Continued)
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Statement for Coinage Cost
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Statement for Coinage Cost (Continued)
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Final Payment for Coinage Cost
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Final Payment for Coinage Cost (Continued)
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