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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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1509-26 Henry VIII Hammered Silver Groat - mm Portucullis

1509-26 Henry VIII Hammered Silver Groat - mm Portucullis

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from £222.24 Buy
1632-3 Charles I Silver Shilling mm Harp

1632-3 Charles I Silver Shilling mm Harp

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from £222.48 Buy
1526-44 Henry VIII Silver Groat mm Arrow

1526-44 Henry VIII Silver Groat mm Arrow

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from £223.20 Buy
1551-3 Edward VI Silver Sixpence mm Tun

1551-3 Edward VI Silver Sixpence mm Tun

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from £228.24 Buy
1697 William III Half Crown

1697 William III Half Crown

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from £228.50 Buy
James I Shilling - Near Fine

James I Shilling - Near Fine

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from £228.60 Buy
James I Shilling - Near Fine

James I Shilling - Near Fine

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from £228.60 Buy
1694 William and Mary Copper Halfpenny

1694 William and Mary Copper Halfpenny

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from £240.40 Buy
1697 William III Half Crown

1697 William III Half Crown

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from £244.50 Buy
1422-30 Henry VI Silver Half Groat Annulet issue Calais mint

1422-30 Henry VI Silver Half Groat Annulet issue Calais mint

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from £253.44 Buy
1762 Quarter Guinea Gold Coin

1762 Quarter Guinea Gold Coin

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from £272.90 Buy
Henry VIII Twopence - Fine

Henry VIII Twopence - Fine

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from £283.92 Buy
Henry VIII Twopence - Fine

Henry VIII Twopence - Fine

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from £283.92 Buy
James I Shilling - Fine

James I Shilling - Fine

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from £285.00 Buy
James I Shilling - Fine

James I Shilling - Fine

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from £285.00 Buy
Henry VI Fourpence - Very Fine

Henry VI Fourpence - Very Fine

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from £285.36 Buy
Henry VI Fourpence - Very Fine

Henry VI Fourpence - Very Fine

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from £285.36 Buy
James I Shilling - Good Fine

James I Shilling - Good Fine

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from £285.50 Buy
1180-1189 Henry II Hammered Silver Penny York Alain

1180-1189 Henry II Hammered Silver Penny York Alain

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from £299.10 Buy
Henry VIII Fourpence - Fine

Henry VIII Fourpence - Fine

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from £306.36 Buy
1762 Quarter Guinea Gold Coin

1762 Quarter Guinea Gold Coin

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from £306.90 Buy
Elizabeth I Shilling - Good Fine

Elizabeth I Shilling - Good Fine

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from £315.12 Buy
Elizabeth I Shilling - Good Fine

Elizabeth I Shilling - Good Fine

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from £315.12 Buy
1592-5 Elizabeth I Silver Shilling mm Tun

1592-5 Elizabeth I Silver Shilling mm Tun

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from £318.48 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.