The Introduction of Milled Coinage To The Present Day
Although there had been a number of attempts to introduce milled coinage to England
- Mestrelle in the 1560s and 1570s, and Briot in the 1630s, for example - the final
transition to machine made coinage did not take place until 1662, with the introduction
of what has become known as the ‘Undated Maundy’ series. From then on, production
of coin by hammer and anvil was consigned to the history books. But the introduction
of some of the techniques of mass production did not mean the end of variety or varieties,
as we hope to show with some of the articles which appear in this section.
An Unlisted Overdate?
An Unlisted (?) Overdate On A 1674 Fourpence of Charles II
●Unlisted Overdate 1674 is a photographic record of a newly found Charles II fourpence
where the '74' of the date appears to be struck over '63' Fortunately, the piece
is in excellent condition, and very clear views of the overdate can be seen.
Date Varieties On 1787 Sixpences
Concurrent But Different Styles Of Date
●The silver coins of 1787 have long been divided into 'no-hearts' and 'hearts.'
Now, a new twist has been added to the story of the 1787 sixpence: there are two
types of date, as well!
To learn more about the numismatics of the period why not visit the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s excellent Numismatic Guides? Just click on the period you want, below