COIN CLIPPING

In medieval times, there was a form of counterfeit money called “coin clipping”. Because gold and silver were soft metals, it was easy for anyone to trim the edges of the coins. The trimmings were melted and forged into counterfeit coins. These smaller coins were the set at the same price as full coins. During the reign of Edward I, coin clipping was a common practice, which inflated the prices of trade and made foreign merchants less willing to trade with England. This made Longshanks apocalyptically cross because he needed funds for both his military campaigns in Wales and Scotland as well as fund the construction of multiple castles. Because the bulk of my new main character’s followers are commoners, they would need to find a new way to fund their rebellion. They would likely gather whatever coins they had and clipped them in order to double their coffers. Rebelling against their rule would be enough to tick off the petty kings, but swindling them of funds would be through the roof. I will toy with this further in my new fantasy series.

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