William Cook, Royal Offences > coining offences, 8th June 1698.

Reference Number: t16980608-42
Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

William Cook of the Parish of St. Margaret Westminster , was Indicted for counterfeiting the Current Coin of this kingdom on the 20th of September , in the 9th year of his Majesty's Reign . One of the Evidence deposed, that the Prisoner came to him about Christmass, and bespoke the Head of a Coining-press, and ibly; and about April after bespoke some shilling Dies, for which he was to give him 4 l. Amongst which Sum there was a bad Guinea, which the Prisoner said he made himself: The Guinea was produced in Court, as were also the Stamps which the Prisoner ordered him to get cut. He further deposed that the Prisoner shewed him 2 s. which he said he had coined with the Dies he made. Another Evidence deposed that he saw the Prisoner coin Guineas file Shillings, and edg them again; and had seen him work in his own Rooms with the Press produced in Court. A third Evidence deposed, that he found two Edges about him, with filings of Gold and Silver, when he took him. A fourth deposed, that last May was twelve-month, he found a great part of the Coining Tools in the Prisoner's Rooms and the rest up and down the House, It also appeared that when the Prisoner was first taken up, he made his escape out of the Gatehouse, and was afterwards seized at Dublin and brought over hither. The Prisoner denied the Tools were his, but said they were his Landladies, and made no other defence. The Jury brought him in guilty .

[Death. See summary.]


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