If you have read The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers or are familiar with the story of The Cragg Vale Coiners, you will already have had an introduction to Moidores.
Moidores were 18th century Portuguese coins and were the counterfeit coins of choice for The Cragg Vale Coiners, a group of locals in the Cragg Vale area of West Yorkshire. The Coiners were facing severe financial hardship and, led by “King” David Hartley, they devised a plan to clip gold guineas, melt down the clippings and reform the gold into Moidores to then be placed back into circulation. It is a fascinating tale of counterfeit, murder and one of the largest financial crimes this country has ever seen.
Inspired by the story, we have made some brass replica Moidores – modelled on the coins that the Coiners themselves made. The actual sized brass coins are approximately 29mm in diameter and come in a little hessian bag. £25 each.
We also make a smaller coin to be worn as a pendant in solid 9ct yellow gold on a 16″ gold chain (style of chain may vary). The gold pendant is approximately 17mm in diameter. £390 each.
The book by Benjamin Myers The Gallows Pole won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction in 2018 and is currently being made into a TV series for the BBC. For more information on Benjamin Myers and The Gallows Pole: http://benmyers.com/
For more information on the BBC production of The Gallows Pole: https://www.bbc.co.uk/
For further reading on The Cragg Vale Coiners by Steven Hartley, descendant of “King” David Hartley: http://www.yorkshirecoiners.com/
For a map of The Coiners Walk, which takes in the areas frequented by the coiners: https://christophergoddard.net/product/cragg-vale-coiners-walk/