Scottish Coins & Tokens

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Scottish Jacobite & Earlier Medals

 

WSC-5298:  1572 Medal – Mary Queen Of Scots.  Uniface, base metal (lead alloy), 67mm diameter.  At some point in history this medal has been bronzed on the obverse.  Medallic Illustration tell us that this medal doesn’t seem to commemorate anything in particular.  Parliament introduced a bill in 1571 barring Mary from the throne although Elizabeth unexpectedly refused to give it the royal assent.  Could this medal be part of a campaign supporting Mary’s claim to the thrown, bearing in mind Elizabeth’s apparent weekness?  A striking medal which gives a tangible insight into the complicated politics of the day.  £349

 

WTH-5777:  1574 Elizabeth 1st / Mary Queen of Scots Counter in High Grade.  From a series of such counters or tickets, all of which originated in London.  Lead-alloy and extremely well preserved in both metal and grade.  This is a crude, contemporary device proclaiming support for Mary, Queen of Scots.  During 1574, Mary was effectively under house arrest as she was considered a threat to the English throne.  In 1571 there was actually a plot to replace Elizabeth with Mary (Ridolfi plot) by the Duke of Norfolk and Spanish troops.  This failed and Norfolk was executed.  Immediately afterwards, there was a bill to bar Mary from the English throne.  Interestingly, Elizabeth refused to give Royal ascent to the bill.  The obverse has the legend, “HONI SON MAL Y PENS” which is a crude interpretation of HONI SOIT Q MAL PEN, meaning “Shamed Be He Who Thinks Evil Of It”.  The Order of the Garter was a title that Mary could only achieve if she were the sovereign of England so again, a useful device for Mary’s partisan die sinker.  Used very specifically in the City of London only (they have only ever been found there) and due to the affiliation, unlikely to have been prolific.  Crude workmanship yet somehow, all the more charming and evocative because of that.  Recorded in Medallic Illustration (M.I. 121/60).  Reported to be ex Roach Smith collection (see M.I.).  Extraordinarily high grade.  See Tudor:  Elizabeth 1st section

 

WSC-4668:  1707 Queen Anne “Union of England & Scotland” AR Medal.  A nice silver medal commemorating the Union.  Circulated grade as this would have been used as shilling.  £119

 

WSC-3873:  1708 "Attempted Invasion of Scotland" Medal.  Historically, highly significant as in the same period the Union came about.  White metal issue but still listed as very rare.  £235

 

WSC-4672:  1708 Scottish Jacobite “Map” Medal – Medium.  James III (Elder Pretender) facing left; map of the UK on the reverse.  The Scottish union proved unpopular with the Scottish people and France sought to take advantage by proposing an invasion.  The Jacobites were close friends with the French (for a while longer at least!) and it was their hope that a successful invasion and defeat of the English would lead to Jacobite rule over Britain.  Medium sized medal.  £265

 

WSC-4391:  1745 Scottish Jacobite Medal.  Struck to commemorate the re-capture of Carlisle from the Jacobites by the Duke of Cumberland’s troops in December 1745.  This example above average in grade.  £179

 

WSC-4974:  1745 Scottish Jacobite AE Medal - A Unique Example.  Depicting the Duke of Cumberland’s defeat of the Scottish Jacobites at Carlisle.  The reverse depicts the Duke on horseback killing a couple of Jacobites.  This medal is not listed in Medallic Illustration and is reported to be the only extant example.  This very medal was illustrated in Noel Woolf’s Jacobite medals book.  £269

 

WSC-5382:  1745 Scottish Jacobite Large Silver Medal – The Rebels Repulsed.  The Capture of Carlisle by the Duke of Cumberland.  An attractive medal full of symbolism.  £395

 

WSC-5571:  1745 Scottish Jacobite AE Medal – Rebels Retreat.  Struck shortly after the Jacobite rebels retreated from Derby and Carlisle.  High grade, “enlightening” reverse and an interesting die flaw showing a worn out die that was not replaced, presumably because they were near to the end of the run and fresh dies were very expensive.  Inexpensive.  £225

 

WSC-3872:  1746 Scottish Jacobite Culloden Defeat AE Medal.  Battle of Culloden medal – Highlander kneeling before British Lion.  £175

 

WSC-4072:  1746 Scottish Jacobite Medal – “Gallows”.  Depicting the execution of the Culloden Jacobites on the gallows.  M.I. 618/289.  £235

 

WSC-4685:  1746 Scottish Jacobite Medal – Bonnie Prince Charlie.  Depicting Prince Charles failing to get the British crown and the Duke of Cumberland saying “Come Back Again” as if to add insult to injury.  M.I. 618/290.  Ex Coincraft, ex London Coins.  £225

 

 

 

Hammered Gold Coinage

 

James IV

 

WAu-5111:  James IV Scottish Hammered Gold Half Unicorn.  1488 – 1513, i.m. lis.  Unicorn left, on shield; large wavy star over cross fleury.  An extremely rare Scottish gold coin.  £1,425

 

 

 

 

Hammered Silver Coinage

 

William 1st

 

WSC-5685:  William I “The Lion” Medieval Scottish Penny, Crescent & Pellet Issue.  Type II, circa 1180-95, Moneyer RAVL DERLING; mint town Berwick or Roxburgh.  About “as struck” with an excellent portrait (better than the Spink plate example) and good reverse.  Some flatness in the legend and a small flan split.  Much rarer than the later Phase A and posthumous issues.  Rarer still in this grade.  £445

 

WSC-3009:  William I “The Lion” Medieval Scottish Penny.  Phase A type, 1195 – 1205.  Perth mint.  Full flan and above average for this generally poor issue.  A very nice coin.  £299

 

WSC-4804:  William I “The Lion” Medieval Scottish Penny.  Phase B type, 1205 – 1230.  Perth and Edinburgh mint combined.  Full flan and above average for this generally poor issue.  A very nice coin.  £249

 

 

 

Alexander III

 

Short Cross Pennies

 

WSC-5362:  Alexander III Short Cross Hammered Silver “Phase E” Penny.  Transitional type, class 1a, 1249 – 1250.  Voided short cross and stars, beardless “youthful” bust right.  Read here for further information.  This is one of the rarest of all Scottish pennies with only the Malcolm IV issues, the DAVIT.REX “Henry 1st” B.M.C. XV penny and the David 1st Bishop of Carlisle penny being rarer.  From the collection of a deceased Scottish collector.  £2,950

 

 

 

1st Issue Pennies

 

WSC-5586:  Alexander III Rarer 1st Issue PERTH Mint Penny.  Long cross & stars, 1550-80.  Excellent portrait and the rarer Perth mint.  £345

 

 

 

2nd Issue Pennies

 

WSC-5745:  Alexander III Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1280-86.  Class E, 26 points to reverse mullets.  £125

 

WSC-5802:  Alexander III Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1280-86.  26 points to reverse mullets – Perth mint.  £125

 

 

 

2nd Issue Half Pennies

 

WSC-5053:  Alexander III Scottish Rare “Round” Halfpenny.  Two mullets of six points.  Very rare denomination and a very nice grade coin.  £345

 

 

 

2nd Issue FARTHINGS

 

WSC-5028:  Alexander III Scottish Rare “Round” Farthing.  Four mullets of six points.  Excessively rare denomination in lovely grade.  £795

 

 

 

John Baliol

 

Pennies

 

WSC-5369:  John Baliol Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  The first issue, “rough” coinage of 1292 – 1296.  John Baliol was “chosen” out of thirteen competitors for the Scottish throne upon the death of Alexander III.  The English king, Edward I, was the arbitrator.  John Baliol’s four year reign ended in 1296 with his abdication when Berwick, Edinburgh, Perth, Roxburgh and Stirling all fell to the English.  £325

 

WSC-5583:  John Baliol Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second issue, “smooth” coinage of 1292 – 1296.  CIVITAS SANDREE – the much rarer St Andrew’s mint.  John Baliol was “chosen” out of thirteen competitors for the Scottish throne upon the death of Alexander III.  The English king, Edward I, was the arbitrator.  John Baliol’s four year reign ended in 1296 with his abdication when Berwick, Edinburgh, Perth, Roxburgh and Stirling all fell to the English.  £495

 

 

 

Half Pennies

 

WSC-5029:  Scottish John Baliol Hammered Medieval Round HALF Penny.  John Baliol was “chosen” out of thirteen competitors for the Scottish throne upon the death of Alexander III.  The English king, Edward I, was the arbitrator.  John Baliol’s four year reign ended in 1296 with his abdication when Berwick, Edinburgh, Perth, Roxburgh and Stirling all fell to the English.  Coincraft states, “(Halfpennies) are rarely found in better than fine condition and were often weakly struck with poorly defined legends”.  This coin is better than the illustrated example.  2 mullets of 6 points.   There is a flan crack on the obverse, below the bust.  A very rare coin.  £589

 

 

 

Robert “The Bruce” 1st

 

WSC-5296:  Scottish Robert “The Bruce” 1st Medieval Hammered Silver HALF Penny.  1306 – 1329 although it is interesting to note that hoard evidence strongly suggests that no Robert 1st coinage of any denomination was issued much before 1320.  The penny is rare but the halfpenny is substantially rarer.  I have sold one other Robert Bruce halfpenny through this website, BOTH being East Anglian finds.  This one is from an old collection and pre-dates the POS scheme.  A sought after coin.  £725

 

 

 

David II

 

WSC-2771:  David II Medieval Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second issue, 1333 – 1367.  Good grade and rare.  £219

 

WSC-5812:  David II Medieval Scottish Hammered Silver Groat.  Third “Light” coinage, 1367-71.  Star behind bust as well as on base of sceptre.  Edinburgh mint.  £195

 

 

 

Robert II

 

WSC-5623:  Robert II Scottish Hammered Silver Groat.  1371-90, Perth mint.  Uncommon.  £225

 

WSC-5794:  Robert II Scottish Hammered Silver Groat.  1371-90, Edinburgh mint.  Uncommon.  £225

 

 

 

Robert III

 

WSC-5368:  Robert III Scottish Medieval Penny.  Debased billon silver issue of 1390 – 1406.  Edinburgh mint.  Coincraft states all pennies from this debased issue are “very rare”.  The coins were poorly struck and often left the mint in no better than fine condition.  It is suggested that VF coins do not exist.  I would suggest that this coin is not far off “as struck”.  £375

 

 

 

James II

 

 

 

 

James III

 

WSC-5656:  Scottish James III Medieval Hammered Silver Groat.  Type IV, main issue, 1484 - 1488.  Circulated at 1s 2d.  Edinburgh.  Rare.  £275

 

WSC-5785:  James III Scottish Ecclesiastical Hammered Base Penny.  Black Money issued under Bishop James Kennedy of St Andrew’s, circa 1482.  See Coinage In Medieval Scotland, 1100-1600, British Archaeological Reports 45 (1977) for an interesting piece of research on this issue.  Sold with an old ticket suggesting a find location of South Kyme.  £179

 

 

 

James IV

 

WSC-4112:  Scottish James IV Penny - High Grade.  1488 – 1513.  Class 4, Edinburgh.  Rare in this grade.  £149

 

WSC-5111:  James IV Scottish Hammered Gold Half Unicorn.  1488 – 1513, i.m. lis.  Unicorn left, on shield; large wavy star over cross fleury.  An extremely rare Scottish gold coin.  £1,425

 

 

 

James V

 

WSC-4456:  Scottish James V Hammered Bawbee.  Third coinage, 1538-42.  High grade for issue.  £129

 

WSC-5466:  Scottish James V Hammered Bawbee.  Third coinage, 1538-42.  No annulets.  Nice grade for issue.  £99

 

 

 

Mary

 

WSC-4268:  Scottish Mary Hammered Silver HALF Bawbee.  Billon silver and a much rarer denomination.  First period (pre marriage), 1542 – 1558.  £195

 

WSC-5468:  Scottish Mary Hammered Silver Bawbee.  Billon silver (3/4 alloy) issue, first period before marriage.  Voided saltire cross.  Very good grade for issue.  £145

 

WSC-5610:  1556 Scottish Mary Hammered Silver Penny.  45/48th alloy issue struck in the first period before her marriage.  A rare little coin.  £265

 

WSC-5611:  1558 Scottish Mary Hammered Silver Testoon.  Struck in the first period before her marriage.  Type IIIb.  Rare (reference recent Spink sale).  £655

 

 

 

Francis & Mary

 

WSC-5298:  1572 Medal – Mary Queen Of Scots.  Uniface, base metal (lead alloy), 67mm diameter.  At some point in history this medal has been bronzed on the obverse.  Medallic Illustration tell us that this medal doesn’t seem to commemorate anything in particular.  Parliament introduced a bill in 1571 barring Mary from the throne although Elizabeth unexpectedly refused to give it the royal assent.  Could this medal be part of a campaign supporting Mary’s claim to the thrown, bearing in mind Elizabeth’s apparent weekness?  A striking medal which gives a tangible insight into the complicated politics of the day.  £349

 

WTH-5777:  1574 Elizabeth 1st / Mary Queen of Scots Counter in High Grade.  From a series of such counters or tickets, all of which originated in London.  Lead-alloy and extremely well preserved in both metal and grade.  This is a crude, contemporary device proclaiming support for Mary, Queen of Scots.  During 1574, Mary was effectively under house arrest as she was considered a threat to the English throne.  In 1571 there was actually a plot to replace Elizabeth with Mary (Ridolfi plot) by the Duke of Norfolk and Spanish troops.  This failed and Norfolk was executed.  Immediately afterwards, there was a bill to bar Mary from the English throne.  Interestingly, Elizabeth refused to give Royal ascent to the bill.  The obverse has the legend, “HONI SON MAL Y PENS” which is a crude interpretation of HONI SOIT Q MAL PEN, meaning “Shamed Be He Who Thinks Evil Of It”.  The Order of the Garter was a title that Mary could only achieve if she were the sovereign of England so again, a useful device for Mary’s partisan die sinker.  Used very specifically in the City of London only (they have only ever been found there) and due to the affiliation, unlikely to have been prolific.  Crude workmanship yet somehow, all the more charming and evocative because of that.  Recorded in Medallic Illustration (M.I. 121/60).  Reported to be ex Roach Smith collection (see M.I.).  Extraordinarily high grade.  See Tudor:  Elizabeth 1st section

 

 

 

James VI

 

WSC-3869:  1572 Scottish Hammered Silver 1/4 Merk.  Second coinage, better date and superb grade for issue.  £375

 

WSC-5055:  1577 Scottish James VI Hammered Silver Half Merk.  Second coinage with a very clear date.  A lovely coin.  £325

 

WSC-5567:  1580 Scottish James VI Hammered Silver Half Merk.  Second coinage in better grade with a clear date.  A lovely coin.  £375

 

WSC-5661:  James VI Scottish Hammered 8 Penny Groat – Better Grade.  Pre English throne, 1583-90, Edinburgh.  £139

 

WSC-4223:  Scottish James VI Hammered Silver Plack  Or “8 Penny Groat”.  1583-90, Edinburgh, very high grade thus rare.  £139

 

WSC-5822:  1594 Scottish James VI Hammered Silver 10 Shillings.  Full flan, flat, about “as-struck”.  Slightly off-struck.  Coincraft 2006 rate this coin at £450 in VF.  When the new Spink price guide arrives early 2015 (the current guide is 2003), the prices of all quality Scottish & Irish coins are expected to increase by a very large percentage.  High grade.  £495

 

WSC-5171:  1601 Scottish James VI Hammered Silver 1/8th Thistle Merk.  Relatively unclipped (rare in itself), slightly rarer date but well circulated.  £49

 

WSC-4326:  Scottish James VI Hammered Silver 30 Shillings.  Scottish arms 1st and 4th quarter.  Post accession, mm thistle.  £259

 

 

 

Charles 1st

 

WSC-4228:  Scottish Charles 1st Hammered Silver 30 Shillings.  Type IV, Falconer’s issue, mm thistle.  £379

 

WSC-4807:  Scottish Charles 1st Hammered Silver 40d.  Much rarer second Briot coinage.  £159

 

WSC-5761:  Scottish Charles 1st Hammered Silver 2 Shillings.  Fourth issue, coinage of 1642.  This is the much rarer variety with no mark of value behind the king’s head.  The first example of its type that I have seen.  £195

 

WSC-5367:  Scotland Charles 1st Hammered Silver 20d.  Third coinage, 1637 – 42.  Briot’s machine made issue.  £75

 

 

 

Milled Coinage

 

Charles 1st

 

WSC-3233:  Charles I Scottish Twopence.  High Grade thus rare.  Coinage of 1642 – 1650.  £75

 

 

 

Charles II

Silver

WSC-3528:  1670 Charles II Scottish Merk.  Silver, type II, thistle below bust.  £159

 

WSC-3327:  1671 Charles II Full Silver Merk.  Looks to be a 1677 which would indeed be a unique coin!  £125

 

WSC-4020:  1676 Scottish Charles II Silver ¼ Dollar.  Second coinage so ¼ dollar as opposed to merk.  £199

 

WSC-4388:  1676 Scottish Charles II Silver 1/8 Dollar.  Silver, first date for issue.  Unusually nice grade for issue.  £115

 

WSC-3381:  1677 Scottish Charles II Silver ¼ Dollar.  Second coinage, good grade for issue.  £209

 

WSC-3132:  1681 Scottish Charles II Silver ¼ Merk.  Very good grade and thus extremely rare.  £335

 

 

 

Copper  - Issue of 1663

 

WSC-4935:  1663 Scottish Charles II Copper Bodle.  Nice grade.  £39

 

 

Copper  - Issue of 1677

 

WSC-3255:  1679 Scottish Charles II Bawbee or Sixpence.  Coinage of 1677.  Better grade.  £59

 

 

 

James VII

 

WSC-5657:  1687 James VII (James II of England) Silver 10 Shillings in High Grade.  EF for issue thus a great rarity.  There are adjustment marks to the reverse and the planchet used in the strike was flawed.  A very rare coin.  £695

 

 

 

William & Mary

 

WSC-4266:  1694 William & Mary Silver 5 Shillings.  Better grade (although pierced & plugged) and the much rarer “inverted A” variety.  £99

 

 

 

William II

 

WSC-4108:  1695 Scottish William II Silver 40 Shillings.  A rarer large denomination coin with a contemporary planchet fault.  £265

 

WSC-5602:  1696 Scottish William II Silver 20 Shillings.  No date stop.  Unusual feature on date.  £245

 

WSC-5603:  1696 Scottish William II Silver 5 Shillings.  Good grade for issue.  £175

 

 

 

Queen Anne

 

WSC-3545:  1706 Queen Anne Scottish Silver 5 Shillings.  Crude bust, collectable grade and rarest date.  £169

 

WSC-4668:  1707 Queen Anne “Union of England & Scotland” AR Medal.  A nice silver medal commemorating the Union.  See medal section above

 

 

 

1700’s – 1800’s Church “Communion Tokens”

 

WSC-5472:  1748 Scottish Communion Church Token.  A very early date indeed.  Dull, Perthshire.  Burzinski 3585 (image annotation for B number is incorrect).  Rare.  £42

 

WSC-4728:  1755 Scottish Communion Church Token.  A very early date indeed.  Cadder, Lanarkshire.  Minister Alexander Dun.  Burzinski 1190.  Rare.  £44

 

WSC-4729:  1792 Scottish Communion Church Token.  An early date.  Cairneyhill, Fife.  Minister Thomas Blair.  Burzinski 1425.  Rare.  £39

 

WSC-5473:  1793 Scottish Communion Church Token.  An early date.  Dull, Perthshire.  Burzinski 5029 (image annotation for B number is incorrect).  £35

 

WSC-4730:  1796 Scottish Communion Church token.  An early date.  Rare.  £35

 

WSC-5698:  1871 Scottish Communion Church Token.  Leven, Fife.  Minister John S. Hyslop.  Burzinski 4248.  £22

 

WSC-5700:  1700’s Scottish Communion Church Token.  Mortlack, Banffshire.  Burzinski 4515.  £34

 

WSC-5701:  1700’s Scottish Communion Church Token.  Millbrex, Aberdeenshire.  Burzinski 4512.  £28

 

WSC-5702:  1790 Scottish Communion Church Token.  Craigend, Perthshire.  Minister Robert Forsyth.  Burzinski 1262.  £34

 

 

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