Coin (obverse), Britain crown or quarter unit, from reign of Charles I

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Coin (obverse), Britain crown or quarter unit, from reign of Charles I

This is the obverse of a gold Britain crown minted at Edinburgh in 1637-8, during the reign of Charles I. The coin was worth £3 Scots or five shillings English.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the king. There is a small 'B' below the shoulder. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland'.

The 'B' on the coin is the initial of Nicolas Briot, Master of the Mint at this time.

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Online ID: 000-100-050-680-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C228
Date: 1637 - 1638
Material: Gold; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. CAR . D : G . MAG . BRIT . FR . ET . HIB . REX; crowned bust to left; small B below shoulder / Rev. . VNITA . TVEMVR .; stops are lozenges; crowned shield of arms; C to left and R to right, each with crown above and lo
Dimensions: 21.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.5
What: Coin Type: 3rd coinage, Briot's issue
Coin, quarter unit / Britain crown
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles I
Sutherland Collection? (RBKS annotation on ticket in tray)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Charles I gold quarter-unit or Britain crown, Edinburgh, 1637 - 1638
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 105 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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