Coin (Obverse), an eighth-dollar piece of Charles II

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Coin (Obverse), an eighth-dollar piece of Charles II

This is the obverse of a silver eighth dollar piece minted in Edinburgh in 1676, during the reign of Charles II. The coin was worth six shillings and eight pence Scots.

The obverse bears a laureate portrait of the king. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Charles II, by the Grace of God '.

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: 000-190-000-604-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3818
Date: 1676
Material: Silver; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. . CAROLVS . II . . DEI . GRA .; small letter F before legend; laureate bust to left / Rev. SCO ANG . FR ET . HIB REX . 1676 .; cross of 4 crowned shields; thistles in angles; linked Cs in centre
Dimensions: 21.50 x 21.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: 2nd coinage
Coin, eighth dollar
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles II
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Charles II silver eighth-dollar, Edinburgh, 1676
  • 'Currency' [multimedia CD-ROM] Edinburgh: NMS, 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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