Counterfeit Medal Act, 1883



An Act for preventing the Sale of Medals resembling Current Coin. [25th August 1883.]

Short title.

1. This Act may be cited for all purposes as the Counterfeit Medal Act, 1883.

Punishment for selling medals resembling current coin.

2. If any person without due authority or excuse (the proof whereof shall lie on the person accused)—

Makes or has in his possession for sale, or offers for sale, or sells,

Any medal, cast, coin, or any other like thing made wholly or partially of metal or any metallic combination and resembling in size, figure, and colour any of the Queen’s current gold or silver coin, or having thereon a device resembling any device on any of the Queen’s current gold or silver coin, or being so formed that it can by gilding, silvering, colouring, washing, or other like process, be so dealt with as to resemble any of the Queen’s current gold or silver coin,

He shall be guilty, in England and Ireland of a misdemeanor, and in Scotland of a crime and offence, and on being convicted, shall be liable to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding one year, with or without hard labour.


3. The Queen’s current gold or silver coin” includes any gold or silver coin coined in or for any of Her Majesty’s mints, or lawfully current by virtue of any proclamation or otherwise in any part of Her Majesty’s dominions, whether within the United Kingdom or otherwise.