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Silver coin (obverse) minted during the reign of King Charles I

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Silver coin (obverse) minted during the reign of King Charles I
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This is the obverse of a silver two shilling piece minted at Edinburgh between 1625 and 1636, during the reign of Charles I.

The obverse bears a crowned rose. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Charles, by the Grace of God. A Rose Without Thorns'.

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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