Coin (obverse), 20 pence piece, from reign of Charles I

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Coin (obverse), 20 pence piece, from reign of Charles I

This is the obverse of a silver 20 pence piece minted at Edinburgh in 1637, during the reign of Charles I.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the king with the number 'XX' behind his head, indicating the coin's value. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Scots, England, 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: 000-100-053-933-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3481
Date: 1636
Material: Silver; both sides slightly off-centre, some scratching on both sides; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. CAR . D : G . SCOT . ANG . FR . ET . HIB . R .; crowned bust to left; small sideways B below bust; XX behind head / Rev. IVSTITIA . THRONVM . FIRMAT .;
Dimensions: 15.50 x 16.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.5
What: Coin Type: 3rd coinage, 1st (Briot's) issue
Coin, 20 pence piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles I
J.K.R. Murray Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Charles I silver 20-pence piece, Edinburgh, 1637
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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