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Halifax coiners

In the 1760s 'King' David Hartley and his associates clipped gold coins and moulded the gold into counterfeit coins, often French, Spanish or Portuguese which were accepted currency. When an Excise officer, William Deighton, was too pressing in his investigations the gang took fright and shot him on 9 November 1769. A successful Halifax solicitor, Robert Parker, then investigated the case and the criminals were arrested. Robert Thomas and Matthew Normington were executed for the murder, and David Hartley and James Oldfield received the death penalty for clipping and diminishing the gold coins of the realm.

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