The Early Modern Commons

Coins, Crime and History

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“Raising Scepters”

24 June 2014

Previous articles on this blog have discussed a common counterfeiting technique known by eighteenth century contemporaries as ‘Raising Scepters’. This is where my ignorance...

“Honest Man, what makes you use me so, it is but a Farthing”

18 April 2014

I am currently, as most PhD students at this stage in their academic career, in the process of building a database. The purpose of this endeavour is to locate thematic disturbances...

Criminal Skill: The Counterfeiter’s Craft in the Long Eighteenth Century

30 March 2014

The following is the text of a lecture I recently gave to the British Numismatic Society, 25th March 2014. This paper is essentially a summation of my research, detailing just a few...

‘A New Coin to Combat Counterfeiting’? It’s been done before…

24 March 2014

It was announced in parliament last week that the Royal Mint is to begin minting a new pound coin – bimetallic and twelve sided – with the aim to put a stop to counterfeiting....