Coin (obverse), bawbee, from reign of Charles II

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Coin (obverse), bawbee, from reign of Charles II

This is the obverse of a copper bawbee minted in Edinburgh in 1678, during the reign of Charles II. The coin was worth six pence Scots.

The obverse bears a portrait of the king. The Latin inscription translates as 'Charles II, by the Grace of God, King of Scots, England, France and Ireland'.

Charles was proclaimed King of Scots shortly after his father's execution in 1649, and was crowned on 1st January 1651. No coins were struck until his restoration to the English throne in 1660, and no gold coins appeared during his reign at all.

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Online ID: 000-100-084-496-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1926.94
Date: 1678
Material: Copper; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv.: CAR . II . D . G . SCO .. AN . FR . ET . HIB . R .; bust to left; small F before chest. Rev.: . NEMO . ME . IMPVNE . LACESSET . 1678 .; crowned thistle
Dimensions: Diameter 25.50 x 25.00 mm; weight 8.28 g; die axis 6.0
What: Coin Type: Second issue
Coin, bawbee
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Charles II (King)
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Edinburgh
Description: Charles II copper bawbee, Scotland, minted in Edinburgh, 1678
  • 'Currency' [multimedia CD-ROM] Edinburgh: NMS, 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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