[6 September, 1647.]
No clipt moneys to be current in Kingdom.; Three months' delay allowed to persons in remote parts.; Rates for such moneys.
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.
Old moneys not included.
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.