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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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1762 Quarter Guinea Gold Coin {3-07-1762A}

1762 Quarter Guinea Gold Coin {3-07-1762A}

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from £300.60 Buy
1016-35 Cnut Silver Penny Ealdred on London

1016-35 Cnut Silver Penny Ealdred on London

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from £325.10 Buy
Henry VIII Twopence - Very Fine {10A}

Henry VIII Twopence - Very Fine {10A}

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from £326.60 Buy
Henry VIII Twopence - Very Fine {10B}

Henry VIII Twopence - Very Fine {10B}

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from £326.60 Buy
1551 Edward VI Silver Shilling mm Y

1551 Edward VI Silver Shilling mm Y

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from £345.40 Buy
1016-1035 Cnut Penny - Morolf of Stamford

1016-1035 Cnut Penny - Morolf of Stamford

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from £375.10 Buy
1718 George I Quarter Guinea - Very Fine

1718 George I Quarter Guinea - Very Fine

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from £400.60 Buy
1656 Shilling {03-17-1656A}

1656 Shilling {03-17-1656A}

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from £432.60 Buy
1646 Charles I Silver Groat "Bridgenorth on Severn" mint RARE

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

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from £495.20 Buy
1718 Quarter Guinea {3-7-1718a}

1718 Quarter Guinea {3-7-1718a}

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from £507.60 Buy
1604-5 James I Gold Quarter Laurel mm Lis

1604-5 James I Gold Quarter Laurel mm Lis

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from £543.20 Buy
1412-1413 Henry IV Hammered Silver Penny RARE

1412-1413 Henry IV Hammered Silver Penny RARE

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from £596.10 Buy
James I Gold Half Crown {3-0-00001}

James I Gold Half Crown {3-0-00001}

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from £612.80 Buy
Charles I Unite Gold Coin - Fair {1-15-00a}

Charles I Unite Gold Coin - Fair {1-15-00a}

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from £622.50 Buy
Edward III Gold Quarter Noble

Edward III Gold Quarter Noble

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from £682.10 Buy
Charles I Gold Crown {3-13-000a}

Charles I Gold Crown {3-13-000a}

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from £752.60 Buy
1718 Quarter Guinea

1718 Quarter Guinea

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from £759.60 Buy
Edward III Gold Quarter Noble - Good Fine

Edward III Gold Quarter Noble - Good Fine

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from £836.10 Buy
Henry V Gold Quarter Noble - Fine

Henry V Gold Quarter Noble - Fine

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from £852.10 Buy
Edward III Gold Quarter Noble - Fine {1-0-11A}

Edward III Gold Quarter Noble - Fine {1-0-11A}

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from £887.10 Buy
Richard II Gold Quarter Noble - Fine

Richard II Gold Quarter Noble - Fine

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from £967.10 Buy
James I Half Unite Gold Coin - Fine {1-16-0000a}

James I Half Unite Gold Coin - Fine {1-16-0000a}

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from £1,329 Buy
James I Laurel - {1-0-0000A}

James I Laurel - {1-0-0000A}

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from £1,552 Buy
Charles I Half Unite Gold Coin - Near Fine {1-16-N003A}

Charles I Half Unite Gold Coin - Near Fine {1-16-N003A}

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from £1,654 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.