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Charles Bellet of the Parish of St. Giles's Cripplegate , in the County of Middlesex, was indicted for High-Treason, in Clipping the Currant Coyn of this Kingdom; that is to say, Ten pieces of coyned Silver, the proper Coyn of this Realm, called Half-Crowns; forty other pieces, called Shillings; and twenty other pieces, called Six-pences, on the 22d day of June last . It appeared, That the Constable having Information of the Prisoner, went to his House and askt for him; and his Wife said, That he was gone out: but the Constable took a Sledge, and broke open the Cellar-door, and found a pair of Shears ready mounted, with some Clippings and Clipt-money, and the Prisoner behind the bottom of the Stairs, and the Filings of Silver was seen on his Fingers, so that he had been lately at work. The Prisoner alledged, That he knew not how they came there, and that he went into the Cellar to see his Rabbets, but that did not avail him. He was found guilty of High-Treason.