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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 18, April 30, 2006, Article 11

REVEREND ROBINSON, COIN-CLIPPING VICAR

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner published an article about a
reverend executed in 1690 for the offense of coin-clipping:

"Thurstonland had its own coin clipper, one Reverend Robinson,
and even though the reverend acted strangely and seemed to
have more money than one would expect, no-one suspected he
was taking part in this popular crime.

Robinson, ably assisted by his 18-year-old son, carried out
his underhand activities in his cellar. When he was eventually
caught it was discovered that there was a tunnel running from
his house to a nearby field, indicating the involvement of others.

He was put on trial, found guilty and executed in 1690. His
son, however, got off lightly and went on to work at the Mint
in London!"

To read the article, see: Full Story

[Would any of our readers have more information on Reverend
Robinson or his son?  What was his position at the Mint?
 -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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