John Johnson, John Watson, Royal Offences > coining offences, 17th October 1727.

Reference Number: t17271017-21
Offence: Royal Offences > coining offences
Verdict: Not Guilty; Guilty
Punishment: Death

John Johnson and John Watson , were indicted for High Treason, in counterfeiting the current Coin of this Kingdom; in particular 13 half Crowns, 18 Shillings and 5 Sixpences, which they Made of Pewter, Lead, and other mixed Metals, and endeavour'd to put off and distribute for good and lawful Money of Great Britain . Mr. Nut depos'd, That Johnson came to his Shop on the 29th of July last, and bargaining for a Pair of Shoes, for which he was to give 4 s. and 6 d. he flung down two Half Crowns, which Mr. Nut examining, found to be Counterfeit, and sending for a Constable, they Search'd and found a Bag of the same sort of Money in his Breeches; upon which he confessed the Fact, and betrayed Watson; and upon their searching Watson's Lodgings found the Moulds, Crucible, and other Utensils with which they made it; but the Fact not appearing plain upon

Watson, he was acquitted , and Johnson who did not eny the Fact, was found guilty . Death .


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