Coin (obverse), 12 shilling piece, from reign of Charles I

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Coin (obverse), 12 shilling piece, from reign of Charles I

This is the obverse of a silver 12 shilling piece minted at Edinburgh between 1625 and 1636, during the reign of Charles I.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the king. Behind his head is the number 'XII', indicating the coin's value. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland.'

During Charles's reign the mill and screw coin press was introduced to Scotland by a Frenchman, Nicolas Briot, who was Master of the Mint for a time. The press lent Charles's coins a level of technical excellence previously unknown.

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Online ID: 000-100-053-846-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3394
Date: 1625 - 1636
Between 1625 and 1636
Material: Silver; slight double-striking on reverse; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. Thistle . CAROLVS . D . G . MAG . BRIT . FRAN . & . HIB . REX .; crowned bust to right with XII behind head / Rev. Thistle . QVAE . DEVS . CONIVNXIT . NEMO . SEPARET .; AE joined to
Dimensions: 30.50 x 31.00 mm D / Die Axis: 9.0
What: Coin Type: 1st coinage
Coin, 12 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles I
Lockett Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Charles I silver 12-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1625 - 1636
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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