This tiny silver coin, known as a farthing, was used in England during the reign of Edward I. A farthing was worth one quarter of a penny, or 1/960th of a pound sterling.
Medieval coins themselves differ significantly from their ancient predecessors. The first thing one notices when handling these hammered coins is that they are extremely thin.
Hammered coins like this were struck from sheets of silver at room temperature, and the metal had to be thinner in order to be workable without a heat source. Edwardian pennies and farthings show a crowned bust of the king on the obverse and a cross on the reverse, an iconic feature of currency at the time. The words inscribed on the reverse show where the coin was minted.
Diameter: Approximately 12mm
This farthing coin is worn and slightly bent, but still features a partially legible inscription and a recognizable portrait.
A signed Certificate of Authenticity will accompany your purchase. You will receive the exact item shown in the photos above. A display case is also included.