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A THINKING MACHINE!-

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A THINKING MACHINE! It is a pity the members of the Goldsmiths' Com- pany who formed the jury for the annual trial of the pyx a few days ago had not the power of appending to their verdict their opinion of the machinery in the Royal Mint. People may not, perhaps, be able to gather from the fact that the chief motion-wheel was disabled for five out of the past twelve months, that the coining machinery of the richest nation in the world is the oldest, most ricketty, and most obsolete coining machinery to be found in Europe; and the wonder is, not that so little is coined, but that any money can be turned out in a perfest state. There is, however, one small and simple-looking, but really marvellous machine which, to a great extent, redeems the character of the establishment. This is the weighing-machine invented by Mr. Miller, a gentleman connected with the Mint. A coin runs down a shoot, and falls upon a centre-plate. Here it is automatically weighed, and if it is correct it is turned over into one box; if light, into another; and if heavy, into a third. The weighing process takes but a second, but there is a perceptible pause and it was while regarding this little machine that the Shah of Persia said, perhaps, the best thing he uttered during his visit to this country. It seems," he said, pointing to the weighing-machine, "it seems to think.' -Mayfair.

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