John Towers, Royal Offences > coining offences, 24th February 1697.

Reference Number: t16970224-32
Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Towers , of the Parish of St. Dunstans in the West , was indicted for counterfeiting the Currant Coin of this Kingdom on the 10th of January , in the 5th Year of the King and late Queen. The Evidence deposed, That having some dealings with the Prisoner for Counterfeit Money she came to his House in Castle-yard , and being there, he brought down a parcel of false Halfcrowns of base Metal, and he put them into the fire and boiled them up with some Argil to make them look white: There was another Evidence declared, that he did come to his House, and proffered him 18 Halfcrowns which were spotted, and he confessed that he did make them; he had been tried some time before at Kingston Assizes for the like Fact; thereupon the Jury found him guilty .

[Death. See summary.]


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