A New Type of Shovel Board Shilling – Gary Oddie

Some years ago I wrote a short article on hammered shillings that had an extra silver rim added, probably for use in the game of Shovel Board Shilling. Contemporary references from the Tudor and Stuart period were identified along with a surviving original table that was 27 feet long at Astley Hall, Lancashire.
Since the original article, an image of another shovel board table has been found and several more shillings have come to light, including two pieces with a different design. This note presents details of the 15 pieces known to the author.

2 thoughts on “A New Type of Shovel Board Shilling – Gary Oddie

  1. I saw the Edward Shovel Board shilling in Shakespeare’s birthplace probably around twenty years ago. The museum staff then could offer no information on the piece. Upon returning home, I photographed some details of these coins, with images to illustrate and explain their origins and use, and sent these with a covering letter to the museum. I received neither reply nor acknowledgement.

    • Hi Jonathan, many thanks for the note. I have had slightly more success with the museum and am in contact with the ‘acting head of collections’. A piece matching the description is in the catalogue, but there is no photo. It is described as ‘A silver shilling (broad shilling or shove groat) of Edward VI (reigned 1547-1553)’. At present the museum is closed and the staff part-time furloughed working from home. They don’t anticipate opening for some time. When the lockdown ends, I will follow up and if the piece has an added rim or engraving, I will upload a short post script.

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