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GM26170

Scotland, Charles I Sixty Shillings by Briot, Ex Murdoch, Wakley, Lockett, Dundee

Scotland, Charles I (1625-49), silver Sixty Shillings or Three Pounds, third coinage (1637-42) struck in the mill and screw press, designed by Nicholas Briot, armoured King on horseback left, with flowing sash and upright sword, pebbly ground below with plain exergue, Latin legend with lozenge stops and beaded borders surrounding both sides, initial mark thistle with .B. above, CAROLVS. D:G. MAGN. BRITANN. FRANC. ET. HIBERN. REX. rev. crowned quartered shield of arms, QVÆ. DEVS. CONIVNXIT. NEMO. SEPARET., terminal mark thistle and .B., weight 29.97g (Burns 5 fig.1005; S.5552). Toned, with some light flan adjustment marks on rim both sides, a few tiny pin-prick sized marks both sides, otherwise practically extremely fine and rare, with a fantastic provenance trail.

Nicholas Briot was appointed Master of the Scottish Mint on the 7th August 1635, chosen for office by his Kings Majestie. The Lords of Secret Council had sanctioned the use of Briot's mill and screw press for the minting of coinage from the 12th January 1637, at first for silver coins only, like this Sixty Shilling piece offered herewith.

The Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Charles, by the grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland" and on the reverse "What God hath joined, let no man put asunder."

Provenance:
Ex John G Murdoch, Sotheby, 11th May 1903, lot 320.
Ex Dr T Wakley, Sotheby, 6th December 1909, lot 346.
Ex Richard Cyril Lockett, Glendining, 18th June 1957, lot 416.
Ex 'Dundee' collection, Spink and Bowers & Ruddy, 19th February 1976, lot 299.
Ex E D J Van-Roekel, Spink Auction 161, 15th November 2001, lot 279.
Ex Dix Noonan and Webb, Auction 56, 11th December 2002, lot 299.
Ex McDonald collection, Dix Noonan and Webb, Auction 63, 7th October 2004, lot 739.

Ex Michael J Anderson, Spink Coin Auction 183, 26th September 2006, lot 500.

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