1813: 53 George 3 c.19: An Act to amend an Act of the last Session of Parliament to prevent the issuing and circulating of Pieces of Gold and Silver or other Metal usually called Tokens, except such as are issued by the Banks of England and Ireland respectively.
[23d March 1813.]
WHEREAS an Act passed in the last Session of Parliament,
[52 G. 3. c. 157.]
intituled An Act to prevent the issuing and circulating of Pieces of Gold and Silver or other Metal usually called Tokens, except such as are issued by the Banks of England and Ireland respectively;
And whereas it is expedient, that the Period limited in the said Act for the Circulation of Pieces of Gold or Silver and mixed Metals in the said Act specified, and denominated Tokens should be extended; May it therefore please Your Majesty that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by the King’s Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, That so much of the said recited Act as prohibits the Circulation of any such Tokens as are in the said recited Act described,
after the Twenty fifth Day of March One thousand eight hundred and thirteen, shall be and the same is hereby repealed: Provided always, that nothing in this Act contained shall extend to repeal or Impend any Penalty or Forfeiture by the said Act imposed for the making, manufacturing or originally issuing, or causing or procuring to be made, manufactured or originally issued, or permitting or suffering to be issued any such Tokens.
[Tokens not to circulate after July 5, 1813.]
II. And be it further enacted, That, from and after the Fifth Day of July One thousand eight hundred and thirteen, no Piece of Gold or Silver, or of any mixed Metal, composed partly of Gold or Silver, of whatever Value the same may be, shall pass or circulate as a Token for Money, or as purporting that the Bearer or Holder thereof is entitled to demand any Value denoted thereon, either by Letters, Words, Figures, Mark or otherwise, whether such Value is to be paid or given in Money or Goods, or other Value, or in any manner whatsoever; and every Person who shall after the said Fifth Day of July One thousand eight hundred and thirteen, circulate or pass, as for any nominal Value in Money or Goods any such Token, shall, for every such Token so circulated or passed, whether such Person shall be or have been concerned in the original issuing or Circulation of any such Token, or only the Bearer or Holder thereof for the time being,
forfeit any Sum not less than Five Pounds, nor more than Twenty Pounds, at the Discretion of the Justice or Justices of the Peace who shall hear and determine such Offence;
provided that nothing in this Act contained shall extend or be construed to extend to prevent any Person from presenting any such Token for Payment to the original Issuer thereof, or to discharge or excuse any such original Issuer from his Liability to pay the same.
[Proviso for Tokens of Bank of England or Ireland.]
III. Provided always, and be it further enacted, That nothing in this Act contained shall extend or be construed to extend to any Tokens issued or circulated by or under the Authority of the Governor and Company of the Bank of England, or by or under the Authority of the Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland respectively, or in any manner to affect any such Tokens or the Circulation thereof, or to subject any Company or Companies, or Person or Persons to any Penalty for issuing or circulating any such Tokens.
[Penalties how recovered.]
IV. And be it further enacted, That all Penalties and Forfeitures imposed by this Act shall and may be recoverable, and recovered and levied, and applied in like manner and by such means as the like Penalties and Forfeitures are made recoverable by the said recited Act; and all the Powers, Authorities, Clauses and Provisions in the said recited Act contained, shall be, and remain and continue in full force, and be applied and executed for the enforcing the Provisions of this Act, and for the recovering and applying of any Penalties and Forfeitures under this Act, as fully and effectually as if all such Powers, Authorities, Clauses and Provisions were severally and separately re-enacted in and made Part of this Act.
[Act repealed, &c.]
V. And be it further enacted, That this Act may be altered, amended or repealed by any Act or Acts to be passed in the present Session of Parliament.