Silver coin (reverse) with a crowned thistle head

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Silver coin (reverse) with a crowned thistle head

This is the reverse of a silver two shilling piece minted at Edinburgh between 1625 and 1636, during the reign of Charles I.

The reverse has a crowned thistle head. The Latin inscription translates as: 'I reign under the auspices of Christ'.

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: 000-190-000-027-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1911.506.1221
Date: 1625 - 1636
Between 1625 and 1636
Material: Silver; obverse double-struck; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv.: . Thistle-head . C . D . G . ROSA . SINE . SPINA .; crowned rose. Rev.: . Thistle-head . TVEATVR . VNITA . DEVS; crowned thistle-head
Dimensions: Diameter 16.50 x 17.00 mm; weight 1.01 g; die axis 5.0
What: Coin Type: First coinage
Coin, 2-shillings
Subject: Coins and currency
Who: Charles I (King)
Pollexfen collection (1900 sale, lot 410)
Where: Scotland
Scotland, Edinburgh
Description: Charles I silver 2 shilling piece, Scotland, minted in Edinburgh, 1625-1636
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