The Annals of the Coinage of Britain were published in five volumes by Rev Rogers
Ruding, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Vicar of Maldon in Surrey, and cover
in considerable detail the place of the coinage in the system of government from
the earliest times to the later part of the reign of King George III.
The Supplement contains much which will be of interest to students of late 18th and
early 19th century coinage, including many references to the various responses to
the Coinage Crisis.
Ruding was interested in the larger issues to do with the coinage, and wrote other
works on the same subject:
A Proposal for restoring the Antient Constitution of the Mint, so far as relates
to the Expense of Coinage, together with a Plan for the Improvement of Money, and
for increasing the Difficulties of Counterfeiting
Some Account of the Trial of the Pix
A Memoir of the Office of Cuneator
Original copies of Ruding’s works are scarce and quite expensive, but Google Books
have scanned a copy of the Supplement and this is available free. Just click on the
title page above, and a .pdf file will download which contains the full text.
Please note, though, that as the original work contains 119 pages, the file size
is a chunky 5.5MB
As an aside, the publisher of this work, J Lackington of Finsbury Square, was himself
an issuer of token halfpence in the 1790s. His tokens celebrated his claim to be
operating the ‘cheapest booksellers in the world’ at The Temple of the Muses. DH
SUPPLEMENT TO THE ANNALS OF THE COINAGE OF GREAT BRITAIN AND ITS DEPENDENCIES
By Rev. Rogers Ruding BD FSA
Published 1819 by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, Finsbury Square, London.