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The name sovereign (English pound sterling) was of later date, reign of James I. The screw-press was invented by Bucher, a Frenchman, in 1553, and was established in the English mint in 1602.
The edge was grained at first to prevent clipping.
A motto was placed on the edge in 1651.
The first coin or medal with milled edges is said to be that of George Frederick, Marquis of Brandenburgh, 1589.
The angel, value 6s. 8d., first coined A. D. 1430.
The obverse represented Michael the Archangel with his left foot on the dragon.
The first government copper coinage in England was in 1620.
Copper tokens had been issued previously by corporations and individuals.
At my goldsmith's did observe the king's (Charles II.) new medall, where, in little, there is Mrs. Stewart's [afterwards Duchess of Richmond] face, as well done as ever I saw anything in my whole life, I think; and a pretty thing it is that he should choose her face to represent Britannia by. — Pepys's Di