Coin (obverse), pattern half-merk, from reign of Charles I

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Coin (obverse), pattern half-merk, from reign of Charles I

This is the obverse of a silver pattern half-merk minted at Edinburgh in 1636, during the reign of Charles I. The coin was worth six shillings and eight pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the king. Behind his head is the number 'VI' over an '8', indicating the coin's value. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Scots, England, France and Ireland.'

The pattern half-merk was an experimental design never used for circulating coinage.

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Online ID: 000-100-053-860-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3408
Date: 1636
Material: Silver; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. . CAR . D : G . SCOT . ANG . FR . ET . HIB . R .; crowned bust to left with a small B below; VI over 8 behind head / Rev. . CHRISTO . AVSPICE . REGNO .; crowned shield with crowned C and R on either side; . 1636 .
Dimensions: 25.00 x 25.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: Briot's milled
Coin, half merk / pattern
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles I
Lockett Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Pattern of a Charles I silver half-merk, Edinburgh, 1636
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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