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On Newton's death, a great accumulation of papers in his private residence was taken over and roughly sorted into subjects by John Conduitt, MP, the husband of Newton's stepniece, his executor, and presently his successor as Master of the Royal Mint. After earlier disposals, a large section of these papers, including that classified by Conduitt as Mint papers, was sold by auction in July 1936. Certain of them were presented to the Royal Mint by Viscount Wakefield, and other records were presented by the trustees of the British Museum.
Administrative / biographical background:
Sir Isaac Newton was appointed Warden of the Mint in 1696 and was Master from Christmas Day 1699 to his death on 20 March 1727.
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