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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 46, November 5, 2000, Article 6

LEAD WEIGHTS 

   Carl Honore writes: "the piece on lead weights this week was 
   quite interesting.  It is also interesting to note that the one and 
   two penny cartwheel copper pieces of 1797 were also used 
   as weights in England, so precisely were they made. 

   Boulton heretofore had boasted on his Cornish halfpenny token 
   of 1794 that each piece contained "one half ounce of Cornish 
   Copper", and so they did ... each and every one.  Well the 
   standard was set ... the cartwheels were too bulky to be used 
   in everyday business transactions so were put to use as 
   weights!!" 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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