Coin (obverse), bawbee, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (obverse), bawbee, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a billon bawbee minted at Edinburgh between 1543 and 1554, during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. The coin was worth six pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned thistle flanked by the letters 'M' and 'R' (for Regina [Queen]). The Latin inscription translates as: 'Mary, by the Grace of God, Queen of Scots'.

The name 'bawbee' is derived from 'Sillebawby' - Alexander Orrok of Sillebawby was Master of the Mint when these coins were struck.

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Online ID: 000-100-060-696-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C10254
Date: 1543 - 1554
Material: Billon; small edge nicks at 3.5 and 11.0 (obverse); reverse very slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross MARIA . D : G . REGINA . SCOTORV; crowned thistle; M to left; R to right / Rev. Lis . OPPIDVM . EDINBVRGI.; saltire through crown;
Dimensions: 22.00 mm D / Die Axis: 7.5
What: Coin Type: Stevenson Group 2, Class IVa
Coin, bawbee
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Mary, Queen of Scots
Rigghead Hoard, 1963
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Dumfriesshire, Torthorwald, Collin, Rigghead Sandpit
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots billon bawbee, Edinburgh, 1543 - 1554
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • BNJ 59 (1989); Stevenson, R.B.K., p 148, pl 13 (no 63) 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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