A Shilling consists of twelve pence, in many of the earlier hammered examples one will see the mark XII, highlighting the value. The first Hammered Shillings were struck during Henry VII’s reign, known as Testoons, deriving its etymology from the Italian root word Testone. Shillings in many ways bridge the gap between small Silver and Halfcrowns or Crowns. A great denomination in its physical size, tactile and perfect for trays.

As is the case with many denominations, one can quite quickly build a type collection of Shillings, many are available in varying grade. Shillings also give one the chance to focus in on a specific area or reign, and assemble a collection this way. The field is broad enough for the generalist or the academic, or a fusion of both.

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