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

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

This is the obverse of a silver six shilling piece minted at Edinburgh between 1638 and 1642, during the reign of Charles I.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the king with the number 'VI' behind his head, 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: 000-100-053-890-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3438
Date: 1638 - 1642
Material: Silver; both sides scratched; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. CAR . D : G . MAG . BRIT . FRAN . ET . HIB . REX .; crowned bust to left; VI behind head / Rev. QVAE . DEVS . CONIVNXIT . NEMO . SEPARET; AE joined together; crowned shield with crowned C and
Dimensions: 24.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.5
What: Coin Type: 3rd coinage, 3rd issue (1st F)
Coin, six shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles I
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Charles I silver six-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1638 - 1642
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  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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