HC Deb 21 March 1958 vol 584 c182W
Captain Kerby

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer. in view of his decision to mint golden sovereigns as a result of his study of reports of counterfeiting of such coins abroad, how many such reports came to his notice during the past ten years; what was the approximate sum involved in each year and in each counterfeiting case; how many counterfeiters were involved; and in what countries.

Mr. Amory

During the past ten years I have had notice of thirteen cases in which charges of counterfeiting gold sovereigns have been brought. The details are as follows:

1949 1 Greece
1950 1 Italy
1951 1 Italy
1953 4 Italy
1953 1 Tangier
1954 1 Italy
1954 1 Australia
1955 1 Switzerland
1955 1 Lebanon
1956 1 Italy

In one of the cases which began in 1953 in Italy, some 3,800 counterfeit sovereigns were seized, in the others only a very few coins, but quantities of counterfeiting apparatus and in some cases bars of gold. The number of persons accused in these cases was forty-seven.

In addition, my officers have handled during the same period over twenty cases of trafficking in counterfeit sovereigns; according to an up to date check on the information supplied in connection with those cases, the circulation during the period of over 400,000 counterfeit sovereigns has been traced.