§ MR. J. F. OSWALD (Oldham)
I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it will be possible, in the future coining of farthings, to impress in bold letters the words "A Farthing" on their obverse sides as well as on their reverse sides as heretofore?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Sir MICHAEL HICKS BEACH,) Bristol, W.
I am afraid I can only refer the hon. Member to my answer of a few days' ago. There is no room to impress in bold letters the words "A Farthing" on the obverse, without a complete alteration of the design of the coin, which, as I then stated, I am not prepared to undertake. I may, perhaps, point out that, with the exception of one issue at the end of the last century, the farthing never bore its denomination stamped, even on the reverse, until 1860.