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On This Day in UK History. 5th December.1697 The first Sunday service was held in the new St Paul's Cathedral, London.See photo of William III (1694-1702), gold Two Guineas, 1701, fine work style with ornamental sceptres on reverse, laureate head right, abbreviated Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, GVLIELMVS. III. DEI. GRA., some stops weak, rev. crowned cruciform shields, ornamental sceptres in angles, Lion of Nassau at centre, date either side of top crown, abbreviated Latin legend and toothed border surrounding, .MAG BR.FRA. ET.HIB. REX., edge milled, weight 16.72g (Schneider 482; MCE 173; S.3457). Toned with some very light surface marks, has been graded and slabbed by NGC as AU58 which at time of writing is the second finest graded at that service.NGC certification 4862558-004.The gold output was very high in 1701 at £1,190,019 worth of gold coins produced across the four denominations of that year. Sir Isaac Newton was by now the Master Worker of the Mint since 1699 and had applied his mind to the problem of circulating foreign gold coin in the UK which was prevalent at this time with French Louis d'Or and Spanish Pistoles both circulating in commerce at 17/6d each when compared to a freshly minted Guinea at 21/6d. Newton tested the worn foreign coin and typically found it to be worth 17/1d and emphasised to the Treasury secretary that such coin was merely bullion and not official coin of the realm. A resulting Proclamation of 5th February 1701 brought the value of the foreign coin down to 17 Shillings, with the consequence that many were sent to the Mint for converting to current coin, and some £1,400,000 worth accounted for more or less the whole coinage of 1701 and 1702 like the Two Guinea piece herewith.1766 James Christie, the founder of the famous auctioneers, held his first sale in London. Christie's main London salesroom is on King Street in St. James's, where it has been based since 1823.1830 The birth of Christina Georgina Rossetti, the English poet who wrote a variety of romantic and children's poems. She also wrote the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.1839 The postage rate in Britain was changed to a standard charge of 4d (4 old pence) a half ounce instead of being charged by distance.1863 The rules of Association Football were published.1899 The death of Lancashire businessman and philanthropist Henry Tate (sugar refining and the Tate Gallery)1905 The roof of Charing Cross Railway Station in London collapsed, killing five people.1913 Britain forbade the selling of arms to Ireland.Information gathered from the following sources..www.vcoins.com/www.beautifulbritain.co.uk/Compiled and posted from Kent, UK. ... See MoreSee Less
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On This Day in UK History. 4th December.1154 The only Englishman to become a pope, Nicholas Breakspear, became Adrian IV.See photo of Henry II (1154-89), silver short cross Penny (1180-89), class 1b, London Mint, moneyer Piers, facing crowned head with linear collar, hand holding sceptre at left, Latin legend and beaded borders surrounding both sides, commences upper left, hENRICVS. R EX, rev. short voided cross pommée, small cross pommée in each angle, +PERES. ON. LVND (N.963; S.1344). Dark tone, a bold very fine.The legends translate as "Henry King" and on the reverse "Piers of London" 1586 Queen Elizabeth I conferred the death sentence on Mary Queen of Scots after discovering a plot to assassinate her and bring about a Roman Catholic uprising. Queen Mary stayed at this house in Jedburgh (see picture) in 1566 to hold a Circuit Court. She fell gravely ill and almost died there. As her later troubles closed in, she is said to have remarked "Would that I had died in Jedburgh."1791 The Observer, Britain’s oldest Sunday newspaper, was first published.1795 The birth of Thomas Carlyle at this house in Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire. See picture and also the interior picture. The philosopher, writer, historian and teacher was considered one of the most important social commentators of his time.1798 British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger announced the introduction of Income Tax to help finance the war against France.1865 Birth of Edith Cavell at Swardeston ( 4 miles south of Norwich). An English nurse in Brussels 1914-15, she was accused of helping Allied soldiers escape occupied Belgium over the Dutch border and was executed by the Germans. There is a statue of her (see picture) outside Norwich Cathedral.1872 Crew from the British brigantine Die Gratia boarded a deserted ship drifting in mid Atlantic. The captain's table was set for a meal aboard the US ship Marie Celeste but the Captain, crew and passengers were all missing.Information gathered from the following sources..www.vcoins.com/www.beautifulbritain.co.uk/Compiled and posted from Kent, UK ... See MoreSee Less
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