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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.

To view our range of Milled Coins, click here.


 

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James I Gold Laurel Trefoil

James I Gold Laurel Trefoil

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from £2,001 Buy
1632 - 1633 Charles I Unite Gold Coin - mm Harp

1632 - 1633 Charles I Unite Gold Coin - mm Harp

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from £1,934 Buy
1613 James I Gold Laurel mm "Trefoil"

1613 James I Gold Laurel mm "Trefoil"

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from £1,861 Buy
1624 James I Hammered Gold Laurel mm trefoil

1624 James I Hammered Gold Laurel mm trefoil

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from £1,791 Buy
James I Gold Laurel

James I Gold Laurel

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from £1,751 Buy
1607-9 James I Hammered Gold Double-crown mm Coronet

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

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from £1,704 Buy
1555 Philip and Mary Hammered Silver Shilling

1555 Philip and Mary Hammered Silver Shilling

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from £1,251 Buy
1643-4 Charles I Hammered Silver Halfcrown York Mint Scarce

1643-4 Charles I Hammered Silver Halfcrown York Mint Scarce

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from £951.90 Buy
1551 Edward VI Silver Half Crown

1551 Edward VI Silver Half Crown

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from £926.80 Buy
1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Quatrefoil type Maldon Aefwine

1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Quatrefoil type Maldon Aefwine

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from £550.10 Buy
1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Quatrefoil type Cambridge Leofsige

1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Quatrefoil type Cambridge Leofsige

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from £398.10 Buy
1634-5 Charles I Hammered Silver Shilling mm Bell

1634-5 Charles I Hammered Silver Shilling mm Bell

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from £395.80 Buy
1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Short cross type Lincoln Svertingr

1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Short cross type Lincoln Svertingr

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from £375.20 Buy
1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Pointed helmet type London Elfgar

1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Pointed helmet type London Elfgar

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from £330.20 Buy
1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Short cross type London Eadread

1016-1035 Cnut Hammered Silver Penny Short cross type London Eadread

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from £325.20 Buy
Elizabeth I Shilling - Good Fine

Elizabeth I Shilling - Good Fine

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from £315.60 Buy
1369-77 Edward III Silver Groat - Post Treaty

1369-77 Edward III Silver Groat - Post Treaty

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from £298.30 Buy
1660-2 Charles II Silver Sixpence mm crown

1660-2 Charles II Silver Sixpence mm crown

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from £295.40 Buy
1714 Anne Silver Half Crown

1714 Anne Silver Half Crown

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from £242.76 Buy
1635-6 Charles I Silver Sixpence mm crown

1635-6 Charles I Silver Sixpence mm crown

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from £150.50 Buy
1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Bishop Beaumont. Class 15a

1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Bishop Beaumont. Class 15a

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from £95.20 Buy
1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Canterbury. Class 11b

1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Canterbury. Class 11b

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from £95.20 Buy
1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Bishop Beaumont. Class 14

1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Bishop Beaumont. Class 14

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from £95.20 Buy
1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Durham. Class 12

1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Durham. Class 12

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from £85.20 Buy

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.