Coin (Reverse), 40 pence piece, from reign of Charles I

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Postcard of Coin (Reverse), 40 pence piece, from reign of Charles I.
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Coin (Reverse), 40 pence piece, from reign of Charles I

This is the reverse of a silver 40 pence piece minted at Edinburgh between 1638 and 1642, during the reign of Charles I. The coin was worth three shillings and four pence Scots.

The reverse has a crowned thistle, with a small sideways 'F' beside the crown. The Latin inscription translates as: 'The safety of the state is the supreme law'.

The 'F' on the coin is the initial of Sir John Falconer, Master of the Mint at this time.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-590-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3454
Date: 1638 - 1642
Material: Silver; both sides slightly off-centre, slight flattening; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. CAR . D : G . SCOT . ANG . FR . ET . HIB . R; crowned bust to left; XL behind head / Rev. . SALVS . REIPVB . SVPREMA . LEX .; crowned thistle; small sideways F abo
Dimensions: 20.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.5
What: Coin Type: 3rd coinage, 3rd issue (1st F)
Coin, 40 pence piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles I
Lockett Collection
Murdoch Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Charles I silver 40-pence piece, Edinburgh, 1638 - 1642
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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