1) A coiner, a maker of counterfeit money.

In the early processes of making counterfeit money, coiners used pieces clipped from the outer rim of genuine coins and melted them in a crucible, mixed with copper. Clipped coins remained in circulation and even the counterfeits had their edges clipped, so that they looked authentic. York had its own mint but offences of clipping and coining feature in the city records: 1505 it was the Kyngs will and mynd that all suche persons as byeth any clyped grotes to cut and breke theym tofore the seller

1647 received 50L of Francis Haigh ... and there was in it 12L of cliped money, which hee promised to receive again ... if I could not get it off, Thurlstone

1696 silver coin was all Caled in and new Coyned ... and made unto mylnd money which Cannott be Clipped, Scalm Park

1712 Joseph Butterworth ... did abuse me by calling me clipper and coyner, Meltham. There were alternative terms for ‘clipped’ money: 1647 I likewise exchanged 23s of light money with Mr Scargell, Thurlstone

1664 Deducted pro ill money out of the collection, Ripon Minster.

spellings clipper
dates 1505 1647 1664 1696

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