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 in 1637, 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: 000-100-053-862-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3410
Date: 1637
Material: Silver; slightly bent near edge; fairly worn. Inscription: Obv. CAR . D : G . MAG . BRIT . FRAN . ET . HIB . REX .; small sideways B after legend; crowned bust to left; XII behind head / Rev. QVAE . DEVS . CONIVNXIT . NEMO . SEPARET; AE joined together; s
Dimensions: 30.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: 3rd coinage, 1st (Briot's) issue
Coin, 12 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles I
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Charles I silver 12-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1637
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  • Richardson (1901), 15 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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