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19th Century One Shilling & Sixpence Token Forgery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1956N523.7
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1811 - 1811

Maker Information

Maker:William Booth - View biography for William Booth


William Booth, a notorious forger, worked in Perry Barr, Birmingham. Using the manufacture of copper tokens as a cover, he began to produce forgeries of silver coins. He openly sent his base metal to Birmingham to be rolled to the required thickness. Eventually his activities attracted the attention of the authorities and he was arrested, convicted of forgery and hanged.
Booth carried out these counterfeit activites within close proximity to Birmingham's legitimate and most famous coiner - Matthew Boulton, of the Soho Mint.

Presented by D H Cherrington, 1956.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Medium:Tin alloy plate.
Denomination:1s 6d - one shilling and sixpence
Place of Origin:Birmingham, Staffordshire, England

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Diameter:26 mm