Coin (Obverse), four merk piece, from reign of Charles II

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Coin (Obverse), four merk piece, from reign of Charles II

This is the obverse of a silver four merk piece minted in Edinburgh in 1675, during the reign of Charles II. The coin was worth 53 shillings and four pence Scots.

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

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

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Online ID: 000-190-000-669-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C510
Date: 1675
Material: Silver; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. . CAROLVS . II . DEI . GRA .; bust to right; F below bust / Rev. MAG / BRI . FRA / ET . HIB / REX . 16 / 75 .; LIII / 4 in centre of cross of shields
Dimensions: 40.00 mm D / Die Axis: 12.0
What: Coin Type: 1st coinage
Coin, four merk piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Charles II
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Charles II silver four-merk piece, Edinburgh, 1675
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  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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