Mug shot: A photograph of someone’s face especially one made for police records. The word ”mug shots” comes from the British slang word “mug” meaning “face.”
Ms. Arsena, a shover of counterfeit coin, was arrested on May 4, 1888 in New York City. Counterfeiters were popular after the Civil War. According to the National Archives:
By the end of the Civil War, between one-third and one-half of all the currency in circulation was counterfeit. Prior to a national currency, the ability of state banks to print their own currency led to a myriad of banknotes with various designs in circulation.