An Instrument for weighing forreigne coyne in Ireland Silver.

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

Pen and ink sketch of scale or steelyard used for weighing coins in Ireland, with lettering and index of parts.

Inscribed in Image

  • Text outside of boundaries of image –
    A The receptacle for the piece. / B The Ring to hold in the hand / T The notch for ye weight of a Quarter piece / O The notch of the weight of a four & ninepence piece call’d a weight Cob. / D The Notch of an halfe Cob. / S The steel weight.

Image Details

Genre Scientific or Technical illustration
Technique Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Manners and customs
Keywords(s) Coins, Copper, Silver, Weights & measures
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 11.2 cm x 4.8 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 273
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

English money here is very scarce as being prohibited to be carried over out of England in any great summe, because the Rebels made use of it to buy amunition and provision for the warre whence it was transported by the merchant in to forreigne countreys, to the great Loss of England. In the *43 year [in margin: *1601] of Qu. Elizabeth it was absolutely forbid by proclamation, as Henry the VII had before by Act of Parliamt. At this time no one is allow’d to exceed the sum of five pounds under pein of forfeiture.
[p. 273]
Wherefore Guinneys are at three and twenty shillings in this Kingdom in comon payment.
The most usual money, and that which passeth in the greatest quantity of silver, is Spanish Coyne known here by the name of a Cob, an half Cob, and a quarter cob
A sort of pieces of eight at 4s-6d each, which they call plate pieces, Mexico’s and Perues
The Cobs that are weight as well as the french Crown pass at 4s-9d, but if they want a grain or turn not the scale or stilyard, they pass but at 4-6d.
None here either in market or publick house, but with small scales weigh their silver as well as gold before they take it.
Here are also pieces of Portugall coyne which go at 3s-6d these onely, & now and then a piece of english money pass unweigh’d.
[image: An Instrument for weighing forreigne coyne in Ireland]
The Copper halfepence made for the ready change of this nation were after this manner, but called in this Ao 1681 and in the place an halfpenny sett forth with his Maties on ye one side and an harp on the other, with the Inscription of ye English halfpenny.
[image: Copper coin] [pp. 272-273]