Scottish 60 shillings?

Started by tonyclayton, December 30, 2009, 07:21:44 PM

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I have been asked about the attached coin.  I suspect it is a Scottish crown of 60 shillings.
Has anyone a catalogue to confirm.


I have no doubts about your identification. My overripe edition of Seaby has no picture of the 60 shillings, but it does have one of the 20 shillings, which is identical, except for 20, instead of 60 under the busts (see also Scottish arms in the first quarter of the shield). Seaby notes that the edge inscription should be PROTEGIT ET ORNAT ANNO REGNI TERTIO, but doesn't say whether the inscription is the same on 1691 and 1692 coins.

1692 was the year of the massacre of Glencoe, which, ultimately, gave us fast food chains and canned soup.

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This certainly seems to be correct.   Coin Yearbook 2010 has an illustration of a similar coin which is quoted as 'ten shillings'.   It is dated 1691 and has '10' under the busts, but on the reverse the crown is different and the field at each side of the shield is narrower.   There may be other differences, but the illustration is rather poor.

I hope that this info is useful.

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there are two reverses for 1692, the harp at the bottom left of the shield being somewhat different.  This coin is of the second reverse.

The edge of this coin should read 'NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESS O REGNI QUARTO' as it is the second type rather than that above which is from the first type (but also dated 1692).

source, Coincraft 1999


Interesting that the shield variety isn't listed in Spink 2003 (Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands).  The generic catalogue reference is S.5642 in any case.  Reference for this sub-type in Coincraft 1999 is SWM60S-020.