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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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1364-1380 France Charles V Gold Franc a Pied

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from £1,245

1645 Charles I Silver Crown Exeter Mint mm Castle

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from £1,208

Richard II Gold Quarter Noble - Fine

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from £988.10

1643-4 Charles I Hammered Silver Halfcrown York Mint Scarce

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from £954.40

1679 Charles II Guinea

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from £952.20

James I Gold Quarter Laurel

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from £924.90

Edward III Gold Quarter Noble - Fine

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from £908.10

Henry V Gold Quarter Noble - Fine

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from £873.10

475-476 AD Basiliscus Gold Solidus Constantinople

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from £864.40

Edward III Gold Quarter Noble - Good Fine

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from £857.10

Edward III Gold Quarter Noble - Very Fine

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from £857.10

Edward IV Quarter Ryal (Rose Noble) -Fine

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from £796.90

1718 Quarter Guinea

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from £783.20

Charles I Gold Crown

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from £776.80

491-518 AD Anastasius I Gold Solidus

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from £744.00

1035-1042 Harthacnut Hammered Silver Penny Thetford Tidread

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from £725.40

1412-1413 Henry IV Hammered Silver Penny RARE

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from £715.56

Charles I Unite Gold Coin - Fair

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from £715.40

1623-24 James I Silver Halfcrown - Fine

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from £704.80

Edward III Gold Quarter Noble

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from £698.90

356-323 BC Alexander the Great Gold Stater

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from £690.30

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

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from £667.40

1515-1547 France Francis I Gold Hammered Ecu D'Or

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from £653.90

1626-7 Charles I Hammered Gold Double-Crown mm Blackamoor's Head

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from £649.90


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.