Gold half-crown coin (obverse) minted during King Charles I

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Gold half-crown coin (obverse) minted during King Charles I

This is the obverse of a gold half-crown minted at Edinburgh between 1637 and 1642, during the reign of Charles I. The coin was worth 30 shillings Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned portrait of the king with a small 'B' sideways. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland'.

The 'B' on the coin is the initial of Nicolas Briot, Master of the Mint at this time.

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Online ID: 000-100-084-431-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.506.1214
Date: 1637 - 1642
Between 1637 and 1642
Material: Gold; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: CAR . D : G . MAG . BRIT . FRAN . ET . HIB . R; small pellet stops; crowned bust to left; small B, sideways, below (unclear). Rev.: . VNITA . TVEMVR .; lozenge stops; crowned shield of arms; C to left, R to right
Dimensions: Diameter 17.00 x 16.50 mm; weight 1.26 g; die axis 7.0
What: Coin Type: Third coinage, Briot's issue; cf Burns 8, fig 1037
Coin, eighth-unit / half-crown
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Charles I (King)
Pollexfen collection (1900 sale, lot 433)
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Edinburgh
Description: Charles I gold eighth unit / half crown, Scotland, minted in Edinburgh, 1637-1642
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