Shove Ha'penny is a traditional British pub game in the shuffleboard family. Shove Ha'penny boards from Jaques are made from premium quality materials and are suitable for all members of the family to play.
Every Shove Ha'penny board comes complete with a set of old English half pennies to play with and of course they are provided with full instructions and rules. A perfect gift for any occasion.
Our premium Tournament Shove Halfpenny board features a real mahogany veneered playing surface with inlaid bed lines and dark side scoring sections, plus solid brass lifts. Each board comes complete with a set of 5 genuine old English halfpennies.
Shove Ha'penny is played with five coins, which are shoved up the board, which is scored with horizontal lines. The aim is to score points by getting the coins in the space between these lines, so '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.
The game of Shove Ha'penny has been a popular pastime for centuries. It 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 VIII of England played and records show that he had to pay out substantial sums to members of his court who beat him.