Coin (reverse), 40 pence piece or pattern, of Charles I

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Coin (reverse), 40 pence piece or pattern, of Charles I

This is the reverse of a silver 40 pence piece minted at Edinburgh in 1636, during the reign of Charles I. The coin was worth three shillings and four pence Scots.

The reverse has a crowned thistle with a crowned 'C' and 'R' on either side. The Latin inscription translates as: 'The safety of the State is the supreme law'.

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: 000-190-000-583-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3409
Date: 1636
Material: Silver; slight flattening, moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. CAR . D : G . SCOT . ANG . FR . ET . HIB . R .; crowned bust to left with a small sideways B below; XL behind head / Rev. SALVS . REIPVBLICE . SVPREMA . LEX .; crowned thistle with crowned C and
Dimensions: 21.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: Briot's milled
Coin, 40 pence piece / pattern
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles I
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Pattern of a Charles I silver 40-pence piece, Edinburgh, 1636
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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