William Chaloner (1650 – 22 March 1699)[1][2] was a serial counterfeitcoiner and confidence trickster, who was imprisoned in Newgate Prison several times and eventually proven guilty of high treason by Sir Isaac Newton, Master of the Royal Mint. He was hanged on the gallows at Tyburn on 22 March 1699.[1][3]

Victor Lustig (German pronunciation: [ˈvɪktoɐ̯ ˈlʊstɪç]; January 4, 1890 – March 11, 1947)[1][2] was a highly skilled con artistfrom Austria-Hungary, who undertook a criminal career that involved conducting scams across Europe and the United States during the early 20th century. He is widely regarded as one of the most notorious con artists of his time, and is infamous for being “the man who sold the Eiffel Tower twice”, and for conducting the “Rumanian Box” scam.

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