CUMING, Henry Syer. 20406



Autograph Letter Signed, to Mr. Brent, discussing his wax impressions of a Morocco coin minted in Madrid, its design, and earlier Morocco coins in Cuming’s own collection. 1 page 7 x 4 inches, lightly mounted, in good condition, one ink smudge. 63 Kennington Park Road, 7 April 1876. Henry Syer Cuming (1817 –1902), renowned collector of objects, art and antiquities, notable for exposing the Shadwell forgeries, or the Billy and Charley fraud, at a meeting of the British Archaeological Association. This fraud, perpetuated by two Londoners, William (Billy) Smith and Charles (Charley) Eaton, involved the production of lead medallions, which the fraudsters then claimed to have found at Shadwell dock.