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Charles II (1649-1685), bawbee, 1678.

Worth sixpence Scot, this coin was found at Leith and offers an example of copper coinage during the reign of Charles II.

On the obverse, the design bears a laureate bust of King Charles II, facing left. A crowned thistle is at the centre of the reverse.

The Latin inscription is at legend on both sides, on the obverse it reads: CAR II DG SCOT AN FR ET HIB R, which translates as 'Charles II 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'. Billon coins of this value were first struck around 1539 and named after the then mint master, Alexander Orrok of Sillebawby. Since the Scottish sixpence was worth one-halfpenny sterling, bawbee continued to be used after 1707 for a halfpenny. 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 during his reign at all.


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dia 24.9mm (dia 1")
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