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MORE ON CIRCULATING COUNTERFEIT COINAGE IN GREAT BRITAINSpeaking of privately-manufactured coinage, last week's item on counterfeit British one pound coins prompted Dick Doty to write:
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Back in the 1790s, forgers in Birmingham were doing the same thing, making fakes and selling them to merchants at a discount. Only then it was halfpennies, and the situation was far worse then than it is now: someone writing to the Gentleman.s Magazine in 1791 observed that .not the fiftieth part of our copper coinage is genuine..
Wayne Homren, Editor
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