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Offline mrbadexample

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Scottish mints
« on: January 18, 2019, 11:08:24 PM »
Hello all,

Just a quick question - where were the Scottish bawbees of the late 17C minted please?

Nothing I can see on Numista or SCWC.

Thanks,
MBE

Offline Figleaf

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Re: Scottish mints
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2019, 04:15:14 PM »
The only Scottish mints still active at that time were Edinburgh an Stirling. Stirling struck bawbees in the name of the queen of Scots, but was not active from James III to James V. Edinburgh was active continuously until 1709.

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Re: Scottish mints
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2019, 07:15:30 PM »
Thanks Peter.  :) Can we reliably assume Edinburgh then?

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Re: Scottish mints
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2019, 07:50:15 PM »
Selected quotes from Seaby's "Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands", 1984:

James VI (1567-1625)
"Scottish documents of 1585 refer to the striking of coins at Dundee and Perth because of the pestilence in Edinburgh, but no coins are known with other than an Edinburgh mint-signature."

Charles I (1625-1649)
(No mint-specific information)

Charles II (1649-1685)
"the mint [singular] being closed from about 1650 until 1663" - implies that there was only one, presumably in Edinburgh.

"In 1682 the Scottish Mint was closed on account of the illegal activities of certain mint officials and remained inactive until 1687" - again singular.

James VII (1685-1689)
"Only silver coins were issued during this reign" - otherwise no mint-specific information.

William and Mary (1689-1694)
William II alone (1694-1702)
No mint-specific information

Anne (1702-1714)
"The After Union coins, although technically now British rather than Scottish coins, are included as they were the product of the Edinburgh mint. The coins of 1709 are the last native coins to be struck in Scotland."

Conclusion: I think we can fairly safely say that all Scottish copper coinage between 1567 and 1707 was struck at Edinburgh apart from the 1585 plague coins that may or may not exist, though I realise this is based more on what Seaby doesn't say than on firm positive statements.

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Re: Scottish mints
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2019, 09:10:43 PM »
Many thanks both. :)