In several wooded areas around Cumbria and Portmeirion in the UK, people have been hammering small denomination coins intro trees for centuries. The practice is said to date back as far as the early 1700s, in Scotland, where ill people would stick florins into trees in hopes that the trees would cure their illnesses. In 1877, Queen Victoria wrote about visiting an oak tree with coins stuck in it in Scotland’s Highlands. Amazing.

Money Trees

In several wooded areas around Cumbria and Portmeirion in the UK, people have been hammering small denomination coins intro trees for centuries. The practice is said to date back as far as the early in Scotland, where ill people would stick florins

A crown coin being from 1509 to 1533 during Henry VIII's marriage to Katherine of Aragon, hence the crowned 'K' opposite of the crowned 'H' for Henry.

A crown coin minted ca. 1509 to 1533 during Henry VIII's marriage to Katherine of Aragon, hence the crowned 'K' opposite of the crowned 'H' for Henry.

I spent many hours tracing over coins with a HB2 pencil - just like this :)

Guilty!

pencil rubbings over coins - I did this. along with putting a penny on the train track to make a coin 'medallion' :)

A gold coin of Queen Elizabeth I of England, featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

A gold coin of Queen Elizabeth I of England, featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

This coin – a perfectly ordinary penny minted in 1903 – was part of this civil disobedience. Stamped with the suffragette slogan “votes for women”, it circulated as small change, and spread the message of the campaigners.

Suffragette-defaced penny, United Kingdom, 1903 - that's the original description. I'd call it suffragette-altered!

Anglo-Saxon silver penny, 8th century, from the De Wit Collection

Anglo-Saxon silver penny, century, from the De Wit Collection - make pelicany

Penny of Richard III of England (b. 1452 - d. 1485) ~ Richard III was King of England for two years, from 1483 until his death in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty

Penny of King Richard III of England (b. ~ Richard III was King of England for two years, from 1483 until his death in 1485 in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty.

Pre - decimal British coins: The old Penny, and the Sixpence (aka - the 'Tanner'). These are two examples of what our generation (and older) of British people have come to call 'REAL money'. This was the old 'Imperial' coinage that we used before decimalisation in 1971. As well as these we had other coins coins with great names, like the Farthing (a quarter penny); Ha’penny (half penny); Thrip’ny (three penny); Bob (shilling: twelve pennies); Florin (two shillings)

Pre - decimal British coins: The old Penny, and the Sixpence. This was the old 'Imperial' coinage that we used before decimalisation in

1942 Great Britain 1 Shilling Silver Coin

1920-1946 Great Britain 1 Shilling Silver Coin (.09 oz of Silver) Random Date

50p to commemorate joining EEC had no idea what this meant at the time but 'the hands' 50p was always the one I wanted

Reverse of 1973 Fifty Pence Cupro-Nickel ProofSuperb and Scarce Official Royal Mint 1973 EEC "Hands" Solid Silver Fifty Pence Piedfort Proof Coin in Case Item A Marvellous and Scarce Vintage Royal Mint Solid Silver 1973 Piedfort Proof EEC Coin, in Case.

1967 one penny British coin Elizabeth II

1967 one penny British coin Elizabeth II and the year of my wife's birth. I gave her one of these for her birthday all shined up.

7c Anglo-Saxon/ Byzantine, Garnet cross framing a gold coin of Heraclius, AD 613-632. British Museum

Anglo-Saxon/ Byzantine, Garnet cross framing a gold coin of Heraclius, AD British Museum similar in cloisonné style to some Merovian pieces

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