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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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Charles I Gold Crown

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from £771.80

491-518 AD Anastasius I Gold Solidus

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from £733.10

1035-1042 Harthacnut Hammered Silver Penny Thetford Tidread

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from £725.10

1412-1413 Henry IV Hammered Silver Penny RARE

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from £715.32

1623-24 James I Silver Halfcrown - Fine

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from £702.10

Charles I Unite Gold Coin - Fair

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from £696.20

Edward III Gold Quarter Noble

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from £694.60

356-323 BC Alexander the Great Gold Stater

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from £670.50

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

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from £664.60

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

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from £645.70

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

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from £640.40

James I Gold Half Crown

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from £633.00

1665 Charles II Guinea

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from £623.90

602-610 AD Phocas Gold Solidus Constantinople

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from £614.40

641-668 AD Constans II Gold Solidus Constantinople

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from £611.80

Hadrian Aureus Gold Coin

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from £603.20

925-976 AD John I Tzimiskes

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from £597.60

1646 Charles I Silver Groat "Bridgenorth on Severn" mint RARE

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from £594.24

1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Quatrefoil type Dover Goodman

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from £588.12

457-74 Leo I Gold Solidus

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from £576.90

610-641 AD Heraclius Gold Solidus Constantinople

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from £571.00

1604-5 James I Gold Quarter Laurel mm Lis

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from £562.80

Heraclius Gold Solidus Constantinople

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from £555.80

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.