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

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Coin (obverse), six shilling piece, from reign of Charles I
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This is the obverse of a silver six 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 'VI', 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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