The peasants who struck gold (in Yorkshire)

You might think fake currency is a relatively modern phenomenon, so you’ll be astonished to discover that the biggest counterfeit fraud in British history was committed by a bunch of peasants in 18th-century Yorkshire.

Using the hammers and clippers they possessed for their trades, the so-called Cragg Vale Coiners filed the edges off real coins and smelted the shavings into counterfeits to transform their poverty-stricken lives as farmers and weavers in the 1760s, and now a new three-part BBC drama written and directed by This Is England’s Shane Meadows tells their extraordinary tale.


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