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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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1526-44 Henry VIII Silver Penny "Sovereign" Bishop Tunstall

1526-44 Henry VIII Silver Penny "Sovereign" Bishop Tunstall

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from £132.12 Buy
1663 Charles II Crown - Fine or better

1663 Charles II Crown - Fine or better

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from £137.40 Buy
1593 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence mm Tun

1593 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence mm Tun

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from £138.00 Buy
1199-1216 King John Hammered Silver Penny Rauf on London

1199-1216 King John Hammered Silver Penny Rauf on London

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from £150.00 Buy
1575 Elizabeth I Silver Three Farthing - mm Eglantine

1575 Elizabeth I Silver Three Farthing - mm Eglantine

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from £150.12 Buy
1713 Anne Half Crown

1713 Anne Half Crown

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from £153.90 Buy
Edward I Silver Penny - Very Fine

Edward I Silver Penny - Very Fine

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from £154.44 Buy
Edward I Silver Penny - Very Fine

Edward I Silver Penny - Very Fine

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from £154.44 Buy
Edward I Silver Penny - Very Fine

Edward I Silver Penny - Very Fine

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from £154.44 Buy
1422-3 Henry VI Fourpence Annulet Issue Calais Mint

1422-3 Henry VI Fourpence Annulet Issue Calais Mint

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from £162.24 Buy
1712 Anne Half Crown

1712 Anne Half Crown

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from £170.10 Buy
1464-5 Edward IV Silver Groat mm Rose

1464-5 Edward IV Silver Groat mm Rose

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from £174.24 Buy
1584-6 Queen Elizabeth I  Hammered Silver Shilling - mm Escallop

1584-6 Queen Elizabeth I Hammered Silver Shilling - mm Escallop

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from £174.24 Buy
1422-7 Henry VI Silver Fourpence Annulet Issue - Calais Mint

1422-7 Henry VI Silver Fourpence Annulet Issue - Calais Mint

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from £180.24 Buy
1633-4 Charles I Silver Hammered Sixpence - mm Portcullis

1633-4 Charles I Silver Hammered Sixpence - mm Portcullis

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from £186.24 Buy
Edward I Silver Penny - Good Fine

Edward I Silver Penny - Good Fine

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from £198.84 Buy
Edward I Silver Penny - Good Fine

Edward I Silver Penny - Good Fine

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from £198.84 Buy
Edward I Silver Penny - Good Fine

Edward I Silver Penny - Good Fine

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from £198.84 Buy
1570 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence mm Castle

1570 Elizabeth I Silver Sixpence mm Castle

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from £201.84 Buy
1662 Charles II Crown - Fine or better

1662 Charles II Crown - Fine or better

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from £204.40 Buy
James I Shilling - Near Fine

James I Shilling - Near Fine

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from £205.50 Buy
1699 William III Sixpence

1699 William III Sixpence

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from £209.80 Buy
1560-1 Elizabeth I Silver Groat mm cross crosslet

1560-1 Elizabeth I Silver Groat mm cross crosslet

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from £210.24 Buy
Elizabeth I Shilling - Near Fine

Elizabeth I Shilling - Near Fine

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from £214.32 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.