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Hammered Coins


For numismatic collectors Hammered coins represent a chance to buy a piece of older history, whether in gold or silver. British hammered coins were in production up to 1662 at which point coin manufacture switched to milling, improving the quality and security. A hammered coin can usually be identified easily by its distinctive flattened edges and is often visually misshaped compared to modern milled coins.

Hammered coins cover the time period of some of England and Scotland’s most famous, and infamous, monarchs. Edward I, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Charles II are just some of the Kings and Queens that can be found on a hammered coin.

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1658 Cromwell Shilling

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from £4,024.80

1361-69 Edward III Gold Half Noble London Mint

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from £3,159

1356-61 Edward III Hammered Gold Noble mm Cross 3

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from £2,892

1625 Charles I Unite Gold Coin

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from £2,870

1361-69 Edward III Gold Half Noble Calais Mint

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from £2,808

1467-8 Edward IV Gold Half-Ryal mm Crown

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from £2,675

Henry VIII Angel - Good Fine

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from £2,654

Edward IV Gold Ryal

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from £2,606

1505-9 Henry VII Hammered Gold Angel

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from £2,593

1499-1502 Henry VIII Angel Gold Coin - mm Anchor

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from £2,484

1625 Charles I Unite Gold Coin - mm Lis

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from £2,482

Charles I Unite Gold Coin - Near Very Fine

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from £2,384

Charles I Unite Gold Coin

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from £2,384

1504-5 Henry VII Hammered Gold Angel mm Cross-crosslet.

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from £2,380

Henry VII Angel - Good Fine

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from £2,354

1471-83 Edward IV Hammered Gold Angel Second Reign

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from £2,230

James I Unite Gold Coin - Fine

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from £2,217

Henry VIII Gold Half Sovereign - Fine

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from £2,156

James I Gold Unite

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from £2,145

1413-22 Henry V Gold Half Noble Class G

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from £2,108

Henry VII Angel - Fine

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from £2,006

Henry VIII Angel - Good Fine

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from £1,971

James I Gold Laurel Trefoil

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from £1,946

1613 James I Gold Laurel mm "Trefoil" [Grade]

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from £1,937


The term ‘hammered’ refers to the manufacturing process of the coin, during which a blank piece of bullion was placed between two dies, and the pattern struck into both sides of the coin. The method was used for centuries and was largely unaltered from traditional techniques even years later.

Hammered coins suffered from a number of flaws that ultimately made their replacement necessary. Due to striking process it was impossible to produce coins that were uniform in size and weight. This made the coins vulnerable to various forms of fraud, of which the most popular was ‘clipping’. A clipped coin had slivers of the metal sheared from the edges and caused British coinage to be devalued significantly over the course of their history.

Non-hammered coins were first produced in England during the rule of Elizabeth I during the 1560s, but the skill-trade held off it's rival for just over a century. It wasn’t until 1662 that hammered coins finally came to an end.

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