Siege Money

Simply speaking this was money minted during a time of siege.

There are several example of siege money from both England (during the Civil War) and Europe. However given the short periods of production they are usually quite rare.

During a siege the defending armies would still need payment. When the existing supplies of money ran out an alternative had to be found. The defending towns often would have no official dies to make the coinage so cruder dies were often hurriedly made and the coinage struck from coarse peices of metal.

These coins are a link to some our bloodiest history.

            Newark Siege Money 1646

         Pontefract Siege Money 1648

 (Images Courtesy of Lloyd Bennett)