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Scotland Robert the Bruce Penny

Scotland, Robert the Bruce (1306-29), silver Penny, crowned head left, sceptre before, beaded circles and legend surrounding, +:ROBERTVS: DEI: GRA:, rev. long cross pattee, pierced mullet of five points in each quarter, beaded circles SCO TOR Vm R EX+, weight 1.30g (Burns 1, fig 225; S.5076). Attractive dark tone, well-centred with hardly any of the usual ghosting, with a very pleasing portrait, good very fine and rare this nice.

The abbreviated Latin legends translate as on obverse "Robert by the grace of God, and on the reverse as " King of Scotland."

Edward Burns in his book on the Scottish Coinage published in 1887 mentions that the Scottish sculptor Andrew Currie (1812-91) used the facial portrait from one of these coins of this variety to influence as a model his statue of Robert the Bruce sculpted 1876-77 which stands at Stirling today.

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