A bag of medieval coins
Replicas of five medieval coins
Medieval coin replicas bring history into students’ hands! Allow students to experiment with the medieval coins and explore them together. What could you buy for it, what was the value of them? The students find it certainly entertaining and enlightening! You might want to recreate a medieval market and find out what feil was available at that time on the markets. In this way, the students can develop a drama, play a bit of Shakespeare or develop their own scenes.
- Coin diameter: approx. 1.5 to 2.5 cm
- Coin replicas are made from lead free pewter with antique patina
- Including a cotton storage bag
- Coins:ward I - groat
- William I - penny
- King John - penny
- Henry VI - halfgroat
- Edward III - quarter noble (gold)
Interesting facts about medieval replicas of coins: The Penny
The medieval penny – even older than the groat
The silver penny was probably introduced around 786 by King Offa of Mercia in the English inland. His name penig derives from old English. The coins were similar in size and weight as the denarius widespread at this time on the Mainland. Until the 1970s the penny was therefore still abbreviated to d. - derived from the Latin denarius.
Medieval coin: interesting information for students
King Offa minted a penny made of silver which weighed 221⁄2 grains. In 1257, Henry III minted a gold penny which had the value of twenty silver pence. The weight and value of the silver penny steadily declined from 1300 onwards.
The penny was almost the only coin issued in England until the introduction of the gold florin by Edward III in 1343. In 1527 the Tower pound of 5,400 grains was abolished and replaced by the Troy pound of 5,760 grains. Halpence and farthings became a regular part of the coinage at that time. These coins were created by cutting pennies into halves or quarters for trade purposes, a practice said to have originated in the reign of Aethelred II. The last coinage of silver pence for general circulation was in the reign of Charles II. Since then silver pence have only been coined for issue as royal alms on Maundy Thursdays.
The minting of gold coins by King Heinrich III and later King Edward III finished the penny dynasty.
Fabric bag with a medieval coin collection
A whole cloth bag filled with groat, Halfgroat, penny and quarter noble: what a vivid teaching material! The replicas are made of patinated lead free pewter and are authentically modelled according to original finds.
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