Counterfeits and Cautionary Tales

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by The Royal Mint Museum

counterfeit sovereign 1887

Obverse of a counterfeit 1887 sovereign
For as long as there have been coins there have been counterfeits and here at the Museum we have a particularly fine collection of forged material which goes back as far as the 17th Century. The illegal nature of counterfeiting means that the origins of these objects are almost entirely unknown, but thanks to clues left behind by previous generations and research carried out by Museum staff, a few of their names and stories have been rediscovered. ..

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