One of the earliest and least expensive English coins you can get is a Silver Penny
of King Henry III. He reigned from 1216-1272 so that makes it between 700 and
800 years ago. The Silver Penny was the only denomination issued during his rule.
You have a stylised portrait of the monarch on one side and a long cross on the other
side. This long cross was so that you would have guide lines if you wanted to cut the
coin in half, thus making two Halfpennies or in Quarters thus making four Farthings.
The Silver in the coin was good, that many were illegally exported and melted
down. The excess money was the profit, but it was illegal to export these coins. In Very Good grade.