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THE

BRITISH AND

REIG

REVIEW.

ARTICLE I.

1. Three Lectures on the Transmission of the Precious Metals from Country to Country. By NASSAU W. SENIOR, Esq. London, 1830.

2. Remarks on the Management of the Circulation, and on the Condition and Conduct of the Bank of England, etc. By J. JONES LOYD, Esq. London, 1840.

3. Correspondence of Mr. Attwood with the Times' newspaper. 1843.

4. A History of Prices. By T. TOOKE, Esq. London, 1840. 5. A History of the Precious Metals. By W. JACOB, Esq. London, 1833.

6. Allgemeine Länder- und Völkerkunde, von Dr. H. BERGHAUS. Stuttgart, 1838.

WE are told by Pliny, that the king of Taprobana was so much edified at seeing Roman gold coins prove of equal weight when tried in the scales, that he sent an embassy to desire the friendship of Claudius. The barbaric king seems to have had a due sense of the difficulty of the art of coining; but if the Romans set any value upon his alliance, the circumstances were fortunate for securing it. Since that occasion, it would have been difficult at any time to obtain so creditable a testimonial from coins of any kind that had travelled so far. When the value of these coins was securely ascertained by the Cingalese, the shipwrecked Roman mariners would doubtless have been duly grateful if his majesty had ordered the

VOL. XVII.-N°. XXXIII.

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