'English Silver Coinage 1603-62' by Desmond Rainey, Member NSI-NB
The reign of the Stuarts spans over one of the most turbulent periods in the British history. The succession to the throne of James VI of Scotland, who became James I of England, brought about increasing tension between different parts of the society and eventual conflict between the monarchy and Parliament, culminating in the horrific events of the English Civil War and later on in the restoration of monarchy. The coinage of the period reflects the complex pattern of the social and political development of the period, as well as the advent of the new machine manufacture. This article illustrates the coinage of the period from James I up to Charles II when the last hammered English coins were struck. Read the full article here..