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The game of shove halfpenny has been a popular pastime for centuries!

Jaques Master Shove Halfpenny

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Product Number: 877924p
Enjoy hours of entertainment with this fun game set!

Shove halfpenny was so popular in medieval England that large amounts of money could be wagered on the game, and the board had to be kept in a room at the back of pubs to prevent untrustworthy patrons from playing and causing brawls that would be bad for business. Even King Henry the VIII of England played, and records show that he had to pay out substantial sums to members of his court who beat him!

The game is played with five coins, which are shoved up the board that is scored with horizontal lines. The aim is to score points by getting the coins in the space between these lines, 'bedding' them. Attempts can be made to knock other coins into other positions or out of position, and the game requires a surprising level of strategy! For example, it's a bad idea to 'bed' the third coin until later on in the game.

Jaques' Master Shove Halfpenny features a real mahogany veneered playing surface with inlaid bed lines and light side scoring sections. Each board comes complete with a set of 5 genuine old English halfpennies.

Materials: Wood, Metal.
Assembled Dimensions: 22" L x 14" W x 2" H.
Weight: 7 lbs.
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