With their distinctive flattened edges and often slightly misshapen circumference, hammered coins are often easier to identify than they are to find.
First produced around 600AD, British hammered coins remained in production until 1662 when the manufacturing process switched to milling because it offered improved levels of quality and security.
Today, most of the unique and rare hammered coins which capture the national headlines have been discovered by dedicated numismatic collectors or unearthed by avid metal detectorists.
If you want to sell hammered coins you’ve inherited or acquired, Warwick & Warwick can provide free advice about how to achieve the best possible realisation.
Established in 1958, our experts specialise in staging hammered coin auctions that regularly attract buyers and private collectors from around the world.
We are also distinguished members of the British Numismatic Trade Association and proud to be a leading UK provider of hammered coin valuations.
If you’re thinking of buying or selling hammered coins, enlist our help and benefit from impartial advice on this extraordinary area of numismatic collecting.
Most hammered coin were made by placing a blank piece of metal, gold or silver (known as a planchet or flan) between two dies. The bottom die (anvil) was usually sunk into a sturdy surface like a log so that the upper die could be struck with a hammer to produce the required image on both sides.
This method was largely unaltered for centuries. Archaeological evidence suggests that ancient coin producers could make up to 47,000 coins from one individual die.
British hammered coinage encompasses a rich period of history – stretching more than a thousand years from Celtic times right through to era of the Stuarts.
At Warwick & Warwick, we often have many different types of hammered coins for sale – including:
No matter what type of hammered coin captures your imagination, we can provide expert assistance – get in touch or call 01926 499031 for an informal discussion.
From our headquarters in Warwick, we organise and stage regular hammered coin auctions throughout the year.
We are well known in the numismatic community for offering hammered coins for sale by public auction and negotiating private treaty transactions.
The dates of our upcoming coin auctions are:
Our public hammered coin auctions start at 12 noon.
If you want to buy hammered coins or inspect an item for sale, the online catalogue is usually available 3 weeks before the sale date.
Click to view our online coin auction catalogue now – and place a bid today!
Hammered coin auctions organised by Warwick & Warwick always take place in the Ballroom of the Court House, Jury Street, Warwick, CV34 4EW.
The Court House location is on the south side of Jury Street, at the intersection of Castle Street. Because it is also the Tourist Information Centre, it can be located on most maps marked with an ‘I’.
The nearest public car parks are:
There is also plenty of on-street pay & display parking outside the Court House.
For further car parks and charging details, click here.
If you are travelling by rail, the nearest station is Warwick Town.
International visitors to our hammered coin auctions can use Birmingham international airport.
For directions, please visit our How to Find Us page.
Coin dealers and members of the public who prefer to make a first-hand inspection before they buy hammered coins can view items at Chalon House in Warwick.
Our viewing times are:
Please note that viewing is not available at the Court House Ballroom and there will be no viewing facility outside these periods.
If you want to buy unique or rare hammered coins in one of our auctions, you don’t actually need to attend the sale in person.
To make the buying process easier, commission bids can be placed in advance of the sale. To place a bid, you can use our Online Catalogue or do so by telephone, post, fax or email.
To obtain a free printed catalogue or apply for a catalogue subscription, click here.
It is worth remembering that our printed catalogues contain far fewer illustrations of lots than the online catalogue. Unless you are planning to attend the auction, the online catalogue is the best way to see all of the rare coins for sale.
Requests for further images can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
For all our coin auctions, the settlement of accounts and lot allocation takes place progressively in our premises – this means that when you buy hammered coins you can collect them whilst the auction continues.
As soon as you have finished bidding in the auction, you can pay and collect your coins immediately.
Warwick & Warwick is proud of its proven track record for successfully buying and selling hammered coins – from Britain, the Commonwealth and around the globe.
Our world-class team of numismatic experts is led by senior valuer and coin specialist Richard Beale, who works closely in partnership with Jill Smith and Ben Griffin, and together they boast more than 50 years’ experience.
If you want to sell hammered coins, we can provide a free valuation and advice about the best way to sell your hammered coin collection or individual item.
If you’re looking for a rare hammered coin for sale or specific item, our experts will gladly offer all the assistance you need.
Richard is known by collectors and hammered coin dealers throughout the UK and around the world. Jill and Ben are also regularly in touch with industry connections and hammered coin buyers.
Buy and sell hammered coins in complete confidence, get our experts on your side and discover everything you need to know!
For more details on any of these services, email our experts or call 01926 499031 for an informal discussion.
To view auction reports of previous sales please click here.