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Scotland, Mary Half Bawbee of Threepence (1542-58)

Mary Queen of Scots (1542-67), billon Half Bawbee of Threepence, first period before marriage (1542-58), crowned thistle, M to left, R to right, beaded circles and legend surrounding, +MARIA. D G. R. SCOTORVM, rev. crown over voided saltire, cinquefoil below, beaded circles and legend surrounding, initial mark lis, OPPIDVM. EDINBVRGI, retrograde N in legend, weight 1.03g (Burns 3, fig.863; S.5436). A little weakly struck in one portion and at corresponding part of reverse, otherwise toned and well struck for this issue, good very fine and rare.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on the obverse "Mary by the Grace of God, Queen of Scotland," and on the reverse "Town of Edinburgh."

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