Coin (Reverse), four merk piece, from reign of Charles II

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Coin (Reverse), four merk piece, from reign of Charles II

This is the reverse of a silver four merk piece minted in Edinburgh in 1675, during the reign of Charles II. The coin was worth 53 shillings and four pence Scots.

The reverse has a cross of shields of arms with crowned and interlinked 'C's in each angle. The Latin inscription translates as: 'King of Great Britain, France and Ireland'.

Charles was proclaimed King of Scots shortly after his father's execution in 1649, and was crowned on 1st January 1651. No coins were struck until his restoration to the English throne in 1660, and no gold coins appeared during his reign at all.

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Online ID: 000-100-050-962-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C510
Date: 1675
Material: Silver; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. . CAROLVS . II . DEI . GRA .; bust to right; F below bust / Rev. MAG / BRI . FRA / ET . HIB / REX . 16 / 75 .; LIII / 4 in centre of cross of shields
Dimensions: 40.00 mm D / Die Axis: 12.0
What: Coin Type: 1st coinage
Coin, four merk piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles II
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Charles II silver four-merk piece, Edinburgh, 1675
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