Coin (obverse), bawbee, from reign of Charles II

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found at Urquhart Castle, Inverness-shire

Postcard of Coin (obverse), bawbee, from reign of Charles II.
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Coin (obverse), bawbee, from reign of Charles II

This is the obverse of a copper bawbee found at Urquhart Castle in Inverness-shire. The coin was minted between 1677 and 1679. It was worth six pence Scots.

The obverse has a bust of Charles II. The Latin inscription translates as 'Charles II, 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: 000-180-002-471-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.HY 33
Date: 1649 - 1685
Between 1677 and 1679
What: Coin, bawbee
Subject: Finds from Urquhart Castle (NMAS Classification)
Who: Charles II
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Glen Urquhart, Urquhart Castle
Description: Charles II bawbee from Urquhart Castle, 1649 - 1685
  • Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 112 (1982), 465-76 
  • PSAS CXII, 1982, p. 465-76 
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