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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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James I Unite Gold Coin - Fine

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from £2,298

1471-83 Edward IV Hammered Gold Angel Second Reign

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from £2,274

James I Gold Unite

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from £2,228

Henry VIII Gold Half Sovereign - Fine

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from £2,206

1413-22 Henry V Gold Half Noble Class G

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from £2,137

Henry VII Angel - Fine

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from £2,050

Henry VIII Angel - Good Fine

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from £2,015

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

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from £2,013

Edward III Half Noble -

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from £1,923

Edward IV Angel -

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from £1,885

1625 Charles I Gold Unite Group A

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from £1,847

James I Laurel -

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from £1,832

1602 Scotland James VI Gold Sword and Sceptre Piece

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from £1,823

1624 James I Hammered Gold Laurel mm trefoil

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from £1,808

James I Gold Laurel

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from £1,768

1499 -1502 Henry VII Gold Angel mm Anchor

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from £1,726

1607-9 James I Hammered Gold Double-crown mm Coronet

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from £1,713

1615-16 James I Gold Unite mm Tun

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from £1,710

Charles I Half Unite Gold Coin - Near Fine

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from £1,703

1544 - 1549 Henry VIII Crown of the Double Rose - Bristol Mint

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from £1,679

James I Laurel -

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from £1,652

James I Half Unite Gold Coin - Fine

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from £1,383

Henry VIII Gold Crown of the Double Rose

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from £1,377

1361-9 Edward III Hammered Gold Quarter Noble mm Cross Potent

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from £1,324


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.