Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Thomas Barnes of the Parish of St. Mary Magdalen Old Fish-street , was indicted for High-Treason in Forging and Making Twenty false and counterfeit Shillings, and Twenty false Sixpences of Brass, Copper, Tin, and other mixt Metals , in the 22d. day of August last. It appeared, That upon an Information the Constable went to Mr. Barnes's House, in Old Fish-street , and going into his Work-room they found the Flasks a drying over a Fire, with false Metal and a Mould to run the Metal in; he was seen to make Eleven Shillings of this counterfeit Money. The Prisoner alledged for himself that it was the first time that ever he made any, and that he did it only to support his Wife and Children, but that did not avail him, he was found guilty of High-Treason.