Experiments in Coining and the Result

As a member of the State Library of Western Australia, I am able to log in and view the British Newspapers online at no charge. What a great resource that is! Tonight I got a little sidetracked from what I had intended to prepare for a post when I came upon this article in the Cheshire Observer. As we have discovered, James Caddy was born in Cheshire, the second son of Thomas Caddy and Ellen Ryan. We have found them living in Sandbach, Cheshire in the 1861 census, so when I started reading this article, the words Sandbach and moulder, caught my eye. I must say, I was quite taken back. Note that the nine-year-old son mentioned would have been James’ eldest brother, Joseph.

Cheshire Observer and Chester, Birkenhead, Crewe and North Wales Times (Chester, England), Saturday, August 05, 1865; pg. 8; Issue 527. 19th Century British Library Newspapers: Part II.

EXPERIMENTS IN COINING AND THE RESULT – At the Police-office, Sandbach, on Monday (before G.W. Latham, Esq.) Thomas Caddy, a moulder, of Sandbach, and Helen, his wife, were brought up , the former charged with coining counterfeit bronze pennies, and the latter with passing them to Mr J. Dickinson, of the Wheat Sheaf, Sandbach, and remanded until the solicitor of the Mint had been communicated with. From the evidence it appeared that Mr Dickinson’s servants had received a large amount of the base coin during the last few weeks, and he had informed the police of the circumstance. Arrangements were made for the detection of the offender, and on Monday afternoon the prisoner’s son, aged nine years, paid three counterfeit pennies in payment for a pint of porter to Mr Dickinson. Information was at once given to Sergeant Hulme, who searched the prisoner’s house, where he found three more similar coins, a smelting furnace, crucibles, moulding boxes, coke, twelve new and good coins which had been used for patterns, besides a quantity of copper, brass, and powdered glass. Prisoner admitted the offence, stating he had been “experimenting, thinking if he could succeed he might obtain a situation in the Mint”. The magistrate accepted bail for the female prisoner.


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8 Responses to Experiments in Coining and the Result

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  5. john herbert says:

    This is what family history is all about, juicy stories. You must followup to find out the outcome of the court case. Can’t wait.

  6. raymond says:

    As my mother would say”well,i never.” what a find.Jenny,very interesting indeed,and Kids drinking at that age too.

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