COINAGE OFFENCES ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Counterfeiting the gold or silver coin

   4   Colouring counterfeit coin or any pieces of metal with intent to make them pass for gold or silver coin

      Colouring or altering genuine coin with intent to make it pass for a higher coin.

   5   Impairing the gold or silver coin with intent, etc

   6   Unlawful possession of filings or clippings of gold or silver coin

   7   Buying or selling, etc counterfeit gold or silver coin for a lower value than its denomination

   8   Importing counterfeit coins from beyond seas

   9   Exporting counterfeit coin

   10   Uttering counterfeit gold or silver coin

   11   Uttering accompanied by possession of other counterfeit coin, or followed by a second uttering

   12   Having three or more pieces of counterfeit gold or silver coin in possession, etc with intent, etc

   13   Every second offence of uttering, etc after a previous conviction shall be felony

   14   Uttering foreign coin, medals, etc as current coin, with intent to defraud

 

Copper Coin

   15   Counterfeiting, etc copper coin

   16   Uttering base copper coin

 

Defacing the Coin

   17   Defacing the coin by stamping words thereon

   18   Tender of coin so defaced not to be a legal tender

 

Coining Tools

   19   Making, mending or having possession of any coining tools, felony

 

Other Matters

   20   Coin suspected to be diminished or counterfeit may be cut

   21   Discovery and seizure of counterfeit coin and coining tools

   22   Venue

   23   Where the counterfeiting coin shall be complete

   24   Any person may apprehend any person committing any indictable offence

   25   No certiorari, etc

   26   Punishment of principal in the second degree, and accessories

   27   Fine and sureties for keeping the peace, in what cases

 

THE COINAGE OFFENCES ACT

[Date of Commencement: 1st July, 1872]

<IN:LF:0,RT:1.29931,FI:0>Cap 65.

<IN:LF:0,RT:1.29931,FI:0>Law 24 of 1955.

<IN:LF:0,RT:1.29931,FI:0>Act 42 of 1969.

1   Short title

<IN:LF:0,RT:1.29931,FI:0>   This Act may be cited as the Coinage Offences Act.

2   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act-

   "current coin" includes any coin coined in any of Her Majesty's mints, or lawfully current, by virtue of any proclamation or otherwise, in Jamaica, or in any other Commonwealth country, or lawfully current in any foreign country;

[42/1969 3rd Sch.]

   "current gold or silver coin" includes any gold or silver coin coined in any of Her Majesty's mints, or lawfully current, by virtue of any proclamation or otherwise, in Jamaica, or in any other Commonwealth country, or lawfully current in any foreign country;

   "copper coin" includes any coin of any metal or mixed metal (not being a gold or silver coin) coined in any of Her Majesty's mints, or lawfully current, by virtue of any proclamation or otherwise, in Jamaica, or in any other Commonwealth country, or lawfully current in any foreign country;

   "false or counterfeit coin resembling or apparently intended to resemble or pass for any current gold or silver coin" includes any of the current coin which shall have been gilt, silvered, washed, coloured or cased over, or in any manner altered, so as to resemble, or be apparently intended to resemble or pass for, any current coin of a higher denomination.

   (2) All references to silver coin in this Act shall include a reference to coin of cupro-nickel and to coin of any other metal or mixture of metals specified in any proclamation made under the power conferred by paragraph (c) of section 3 of the Coinage Act, 1946 of the United Kingdom , and accordingly such coin shall be excluded from the definition of "copper coin," in subsection (1).

[24/1955 s 2(b).]

   (3) Where the having any matter in the custody or possession of any person is mentioned in this Act, it shall include not only the having of it by himself in his personal custody or possession, but also the knowingly and wilfully having it in the actual custody or possession of any other person, and also the knowingly and wilfully having it in any dwelling-house or other building, lodging, apartment, field, or other place, open or enclosed, whether belonging to or occupied by himself or not, and whether such matter shall be so had for his own use or benefit or for that of any other person.

3   Counterfeiting the gold or silver coin

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   Whosoever shall falsely make or counterfeit any coin resembling or apparently intended to resemble, or pass for any current gold or silver coin, shall be guilty of felony, and, being convicted thereof, shall be liable, to be imprisoned for life with or without hard labour.

[42/1969 3rd Sch.]

4   Colouring counterfeit coin or any pieces of metal with intent to make them pass for gold or silver coin

   Colouring or altering genuine coin with intent to make it pass for a higher coin.

   Whosoever shall gild or silver, or shall, with any wash or materials capable of producing the colour or appearance of gold or silver, or by any means whatsoever wash, case over, or colour any coin whatsoever resembling or apparently intended to resemble or pass for any current gold or silver coin; or shall gild or silver, or shall with any wash or materials capable of producing the colour or appearance of gold or of silver, or by any means whatsoever wash, case over, or colour any piece of silver or copper, or of coarse gold or coarse silver, or of any metal or mixture of metals respectively, being of a fit size and figure to be coined, and with intent that the same shall be coined into false and counterfeit coin, resembling or apparently intended to resemble or pass for any current gold or silver coin; or shall gild, or shall, with any wash or materials capable of producing the colour or appearance of gold, or by any means whatsoever wash, case over, or colour any current silver coin, or file, or in any manner alter such coin with intent to make the same resemble or pass for any current gold coin; or shall gild or silver, or shall, with any wash or materials capable of producing the colour or appearance of gold, or silver, or by any means whatsoever wash, case over, or colour any current copper coin, or file, or in any matter alter such coin with intent to make the same resemble or pass for any current gold or silver coin, shall be guilty of felony, and being convicted thereof, shall be liable, to be imprisoned for life, with or without hard labour.

[42/1969 3rd Sch.]

5   Impairing the gold or silver coin with intent, etc

   Whosoever shall impair, diminish, or lighten any current gold or silver coin, with intent that the coin so impaired, finished, or lightened may pass for current gold or silver coin, shall be guilty of felony, and, being convicted thereof, shall be liable to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding fourteen years, with or without hard labour.

[42/1969 3rd Sch.]

6   Unlawful possession of filings or clippings of gold or silver coin

   Whosoever shall unlawfully have in his custody or possession any filing or clipping, or any gold or silver bullion, or any gold or silver in dust, solution, or otherwise, which shall have been produced or obtained by impairing, diminishing, or lightening any current gold or silver coin, knowing the same to have been so produced or obtained, shall be guilty of felony, and, being convicted thereof, shall be liable, to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding seven years, with or without hard labour.

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