Christmas Blessing Ha'penny with Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind

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British Christmas Blessings

Christmas is coming
The geese are getting fat
Please put a penny
In the old man’s hat.
If you haven’t a penny
a ha’ penny will do
If you haven’t a ha’penny
God bless you.
Beggar’s Rhyme

The “Christmas is Coming” poem known to every school child is really a Nursery Rhyme!  And, the name of the rhyme is the Beggar’s Rhyme.  Taught to children when they are small, it associates the abundant holiday season, filled with warmth, giving and feasts of goose and pudding with charity – a time when each of us should give of our own abundance, even if that abundance is only a simple blessing.This genuine British half-penny comes to you with the wish that your holiday will be filled with joy, love and care, and that you will enjoy your ha'penny in health and abundance in the coming New Year!

Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind Half-Penny

When we were preparing our Christmas Coin Collection, we had to choose Sir Francis Drake's ha'penny!  Minted about 50 years ago, these half-pence coins proudly display the engraver's rendering of Sir Francis Drake's mighty Golden Hind.

Golden Hind was an English galleon best known for its circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake. She was originally known as Pelican, but was renamed by Drake mid-voyage in 1578, as he prepared to enter the Strait of Magellan, calling her Golden Hind to compliment his patron, Sir Christopher Hatton, whose armorial crest was a golden ‘hind’ (the heraldic term for a female deer).