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Coin (obverse), dollar piece, from reign of Charles II

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Coin (obverse), dollar piece, from reign of Charles II
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This is the reverse of a silver dollar minted in Edinburgh in 1679, 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 thistles in the angles and two interlinked 'C's in the centre. The Latin inscription translates as: 'King of Scots, England, 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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