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Charles II (1649-1685), turner, 1677-79.
Found at Kelso Abbey, this coin was worth two pence Scot and offers an example of copper coinage milled during the reign of Charles II.
On the obverse, the design bears a crown over a crossed sword and sceptre. A thistle is at the centre of the reverse.
The Latin inscription is at legend on both sides, on the obverse it reads: CAR.D.G.SCO. ANG. FR. ET. HIB. REX, which translates as 'Charles by the grace of God King of Scotland, England, France and Ireland'. The legend on the reverse quotes NEMO ME IMPVNE LACESSET, which means 'no one shall hurt me with impunity'.
Charles was proclaimed King of Scots shortly after his father's execution in 1649, and was crowned at Scone on 1st January 1651. No coins were struck until his restoration to the English throne in 1660, and no gold coins appeared in Scotland during his reign at all.
Collection Type
Date Made
1677-1679
Dimensions
dia 24mm (dia 15/16")
1.5mm (1/16")
w 6.59g
Property Information
Unknown
Accession No
E5985

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