Britannia Standard - (Silver) Glossary of Antique Terms B

Britannia Standard - (Silver) Adopted for silver in 1697 when, to stop silversmiths melting down the coinage, the standard of purity was raised to 11 oz. 10 dwt. pure silver to each pound troy. The old standard was resumed in 1720, but the Britannia or Higher standard was left optional.


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