Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Duke Cooke of the Parish of St. James Clerkenwel , was indicted for Clipping Twenty Halfcrowns, Twenty Shillings, and Twenty Sixpences, the lawful Coin of this Kingdom , on the 2d. day of April last. That upon search after him he was taken at the Halfmoon Tavern in the Strand, where there was found upon him a considerable quantity of false clipt Money. And the Evidence said, That they did see him clip Sixty or Seventy Pounds. The Prisoner said that he did take great pains for his livelihood, and had formerly kept a Goldsmiths Shop on Snowhill, but falling into decay he took up the Trade of making of Tips for Essence Bottles . And being askt by the Court how he came by this clipt Money, he alledged that he found it on Ludgatehill by the Three Tun Tavern; which the Jury taking to be but a weak Defence, found him guilty of High-Treason.