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A very popular game in English taverns, Shove Ha'penny has its basis in the late medieval game of Shovelboard. In wealthy manor houses and pubs, the boards on which Shovelboard was played measured up to 30 feet long. Shove Ha'penny, a smaller version of Shovelboard, has players taking turns pushing coins up a flat surface in an attempt to have the coins stop between drawn horizontal lines. While Shovelboard was mainly played by the upper class, Shove Ha'penny was a hit with average citizens. Since it was illegal to deface the image of a monarch, and the English groats used in Shove Ha'penny bore images of kings, players would position the coins face up. Not surprisingly, the game was later outlawed during the reign of King Henry VIII and any landlord who allowed the game in his pub would be fined.
Front Porch Classics
Players: 1 or more
Ages: 8 and up
Weight: 3,000 grams
Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English. This is a domestic item.
- solid wood game board
- 20 custom metal coins
- velvet drawstring coin pouch
- 2 sticks of chalk
- rule guide
Average Rating: 2 in 1 review
This board introduced my family and friends to the amazingly fun game of Shove Ha'penny. It was totally worth the money just for that.
But, the quality of the board is poor. After just a few days out of the box the veneer on the playing surface began to buckle making the board unplayable.
So I used the board as a pattern to make my own from scratch. Which we play almost every night.
This is the only easily available board in the U.S. So unless you're willing to pay the expensive shipping from the U.K. or build your own, this is the one we're stuck with.
So buy it, discover the fun of Shove Ha'penny. (if you like darts and pool you'll probably love this game)
But be prepared to replace your board fairly quickly.