Old English Coin

How many years does British coin history cover? Well, the British penny first debuted in the early part of the 11th century under the reign of William the Conqueror. When you take into consideration that the old English coin has a history that exceeds 1000 years collectors can take solace in the notion that they will not run out of coins to collect any time soon!


When you look at a nation as vast as the United Kingdom as well as its sweeping history of the days of the British Empire it can be somewhat overwhelming to absorb such a massive history. One of the unique subsets of the history of Great Britain can be found in the realm of its currency. This is because British currency – like currencies from around the world – provides a unique insight into the nation itself. So, one could very well consider a collection of these old coins represents an actual document of a civilization’s history.

Keep in mind, the purpose of currency is supposedly mainly a functional one. That is, the numerical figure on a coin represents the particular monetary value of the coin. So here is a question: why are not old English gold and silver coins not bear except for their numerical denomination? If a coin is a fifty pence coin why does it not simple read “50 pence”? When you stop and think about it, it would seem that much of the additional writing and graphics on the coin are superficial. Ok, perhaps that is a harsh and cynical explanation of the craftsmanship that goes into the coins. In reality, the reason these old English coins depict so many unique images is because in addition to providing monetary value these coins are also designed to celebrate the rich history of the nation which minted the actual coins. With many of these classic old English coins you will find that the coins are truly brilliant in the selection of imagery in the sense that they provide a unique insight into the history of Great Britain.

460 Pound Old English Coin

460 Pound Old English Coin

Since the history of Great Britain spans many hundreds of years it can be a lengthy process to collect the incredibly vast volume of coins available. Of course, there is nothing wrong with purchasing the items individually but this can prove to be quite time consuming and possibly costly. Thankfully, there is an option available for those looking to greatly expand their old English coin collection and it involves purchasing these coins in sets.

As the name would imply, an old English coin set refers to large collections of coins from various time periods, eras and denominations. These sets are providing tremendous deals for someone wishing to acquire these coins and eBay makes this process even easier. Collecting old English coins is now easier than ever before as they are available for purchase through the convenience of eBay’s online auction system. Now, you can browse through a multitude of these classic coins and bid on those that strike your interest.

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