Coin (obverse), turner, from reign of Charles I

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found at Urquhart Castle, Inverness-shire

Postcard of Coin (obverse), turner, from reign of Charles I.
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Coin (obverse), turner, from reign of Charles I

This is the obverse of a copper turner found at Urquhart Castle in Inverness-shire. The coin was minted in Edinburgh between 1632 and 1639, during the reign of Charles I. It was worth two pence Scots.

The obverse has a crown above 'CIIR' (for Carolus Rex [King Charles] and two pence). The Latin inscription translates as 'Charles, by the grace of God, King of Scots, England, France and Ireland'.

Urquhart Castle dates from the 12th century when a Norman motte and bailey occupied the site. In the 13th century, it was in the hands of the Comyns of Badenoch but was occupied by Edward I's troops in 1296 and 1303. Five years later, the castle was regained by Robert I and was designated a royal castle by the end of the 14th century. It commanded a strategic position on Loch Ness and was vital to the crown's control of the Highlands.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-467-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.HY 31
Date: 1625 - 1649
Between 1632 and 1639
What: Coin, turner
Subject: Finds from Urquhart Castle (NMAS Classification)
Who: Charles I
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Glen Urquhart, Urquhart Castle
Description: Charles I turner from Urquhart Castle, 1625 - 1649
  • BNJ XXIX (1958 - 1959), pl IX no 13 (obverse) 
  • Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 112 (1982), 465-76 
  • PSAS CXII, 1982, p. 465-76 
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