Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1911.
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Forasmuch as during these distractions, great sums of moneys clipped and unlawfully diminished, have been dispersed and given out amongst the people throughout the Kingdome; for the speedy suppression thereof, and prevention of the like in the future, be it Ordained by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That from henceforth no money diminished by clipping or filing shall be currant or payable in this Kingdome, or be offered in payment, or received as due payment by any person whatsoever, but be esteemed as Bullion, and no otherwise. And to the end that such moneys as are by this present Ordinance declared to be uncurrant, may not for the present become unusefull unto such as live in remote parts of the Kingdome, and cannot sell them but at under-rates; be it Ordained, That for three moneths after the date hereof, the said clipt money shall be allowed of in payment, at four shillings ten pence per ounce for Goldsmiths weight, which is Troy weight, or four shillings four pence half penny the ounce Avordupoyz, which is the common weight. And all persons may hereby take notice, That such clipped money will yield in London four shillings and eleven pence per ounce for Goldsmiths weight, and four shillings five pence half penny per ounce for Avordupoyz weight at the least.
Provided nevertheless, That it is not hereby intended that any old moneys, which are apparent not to be clipt, or otherwise unlawfully diminished, but onely grown light through wearing and wasting, by long passing from hand to hand, shall be included within this Order, but shall still be currant without dispute as formerly.