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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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1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Bishop Bec. Class 11a

1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Bishop Bec. Class 11a

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from £78.12 Buy
1279-1307 Edward the First Silver Penny Class 10ab - About Fine

1279-1307 Edward the First Silver Penny Class 10ab - About Fine

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from £78.12 Buy
1247-79 Henry III Hammered silver Penny Gilbert Canterbury

1247-79 Henry III Hammered silver Penny Gilbert Canterbury

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from £82.10 Buy
1377-99 Richard II Silver Halfpenny - Good Fine

1377-99 Richard II Silver Halfpenny - Good Fine

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from £84.12 Buy
1445-54 Henry VI Silver Penny London. 1leaf-Pellet issue

1445-54 Henry VI Silver Penny London. 1leaf-Pellet issue

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from £84.12 Buy
1361-69 Edward III Hammered Silver Halfpenny - Treaty Period

1361-69 Edward III Hammered Silver Halfpenny - Treaty Period

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from £86.52 Buy
1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 5a

1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 5a

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from £90.12 Buy
1279-1307 Edward the First Silver Penny Class 10a

1279-1307 Edward the First Silver Penny Class 10a

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from £90.12 Buy
1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 5b

1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 5b

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from £96.12 Buy
1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 10cf5

1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 10cf5

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from £102.12 Buy
1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Durham. Class 12

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

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from £102.12 Buy
1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 10a

1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 10a

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from £105.72 Buy
1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 10ab

1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 10ab

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from £105.72 Buy
1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Durham. Bishop Kellawe. Class 11b

1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Durham. Bishop Kellawe. Class 11b

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from £108.12 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 £114.12 Buy
1307-1327 Edward II Silver Penny. Canterbury. Class 11b

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

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from £114.12 Buy
1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny. Bishop Bec. Class 10cf3

1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny. Bishop Bec. Class 10cf3

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from £114.12 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 £114.12 Buy
1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 10cf1

1279-1307 Edward I Silver Penny Class 10cf1

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from £117.72 Buy
1495-8 Henry VII Hammered Silver Halfgroat mm Tun

1495-8 Henry VII Hammered Silver Halfgroat mm Tun

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from £125.10 Buy
1307-27 Edward II Hammered Silver Penny Canterbury

1307-27 Edward II Hammered Silver Penny Canterbury

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from £125.10 Buy
1573 Elizabeth I Silver Three Farthings - mm Acorn

1573 Elizabeth I Silver Three Farthings - mm Acorn

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from £132.12 Buy
1638-42 Charles I Aberystwyth Mint Silver Twopence

1638-42 Charles I Aberystwyth Mint Silver Twopence

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from £132.24 Buy
1430-1 Henry VI Silver Halfgroat Rossette-Mascle issue. Calais Mint

1430-1 Henry VI Silver Halfgroat Rossette-Mascle issue. Calais Mint

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from £132.24 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.