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 (E).  £349

 

WTH-5777:  1574 Elizabeth 1st / Mary Queen of Scots Counter in High Grade – Smaller Variety.  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-6714:  1697 Scottish Jacobite Medal  The sun rising over a calm sea – the young Price being the sun and the calm sea being the world.  MI 194(ii) / 503.  Fortunes of Prince James, the Old Pretender, copper medallion dated 1697: advocating James (III) to be the English and Scottish monarch and for the incumbent, William III (William II of Scotland), to be removed.  These were produced by the old James II of England (James VII of Scotland) - James had been forced to abdicate the English throne in 1688 and live an exiled life in France from 1690 (any enemy of England was a friend of France!) - for distribution amongst the partisans of the Stuarts, most of which seemed to be in London at the time.  Indeed, two hoards of these highly symbolic medals from the small series were unearthed in Smithfield and Clement's Lane, Lombard Street in 1865.  Previously, the exiled James had sought to have his cause (namely his son, James, be placed upon the English and Scottish thrones and for William III be removed) and himself represented at the Treaty of Ryswick.  Deposing an incumbent monarch from such a royal seat, James's problematic devotion to Catholicism, and bizarrely, Louis XIV's outright rejection of James's claim, meant that this was never going to happen and indeed, the effort proved fruitless and the peace was signed, recognising William III's claim to the throne.  Contrary to what some people state, these medals were not issued to the delegates from the countries signing the Peace Treaty at Ryswick in the Netherlands in September 1697, they were simply a device to keep the cause alive, even though everyone knew the cause was dead.  £125

 

WSC-6715:  1697 Scottish Jacobite Medal  A dove holding an olive branch – the young Price being the dove, offering peace to the world.  MI 195(ii) / 504.  Fortunes of Prince James, the Old Pretender, copper medallion dated 1697: advocating James (III) to be the English and Scottish monarch and for the incumbent, William III (William II of Scotland), to be removed.  These were produced by the old James II of England (James VII of Scotland) - James had been forced to abdicate the English throne in 1688 and live an exiled life in France from 1690 (any enemy of England was a friend of France!) - for distribution amongst the partisans of the Stuarts, most of which seemed to be in London at the time.  Indeed, two hoards of these highly symbolic medals from the small series were unearthed in Smithfield and Clement's Lane, Lombard Street in 1865.  Previously, the exiled James had sought to have his cause (namely his son, James, be placed upon the English and Scottish thrones and for William III be removed) and himself represented at the Treaty of Ryswick.  Deposing an incumbent monarch from such a royal seat, James's problematic devotion to Catholicism, and bizarrely, Louis XIV's outright rejection of James's claim, meant that this was never going to happen and indeed, the effort proved fruitless and the peace was signed, recognising William III's claim to the throne.  Contrary to what some people state, these medals were not issued to the delegates from the countries signing the Peace Treaty at Ryswick in the Netherlands in September 1697, they were simply a device to keep the cause alive, even though everyone knew the cause was dead.  £125

 

WSC-6732:  1697 Scottish Jacobite Medal  A mine exploding at the corner of a bastion – a mine may be said to explode with a violence proportionate to the resistance by which it is compressed.  MI 194(ii) / 502.  Fortunes of Prince James, the Old Pretender, copper medallion dated 1697: advocating James (III) to be the English and Scottish monarch and for the incumbent, William III (William II of Scotland), to be removed.  These were produced by the old James II of England (James VII of Scotland) - James had been forced to abdicate the English throne in 1688 and live an exiled life in France from 1690 (any enemy of England was a friend of France!) - for distribution amongst the partisans of the Stuarts, most of which seemed to be in London at the time.  Indeed, two hoards of these highly symbolic medals from the small series were unearthed in Smithfield and Clement's Lane, Lombard Street in 1865 - this example is almost certainly from one of those hoards due to the condition of the reverse surface.  Previously, the exiled James had sought to have his cause (namely his son, James, be placed upon the English and Scottish thrones and for William III be removed) and himself represented at the Treaty of Ryswick.  Deposing an incumbent monarch from such a royal seat, James's problematic devotion to Catholicism, and bizarrely, Louis XIV's outright rejection of James's claim, meant that this was never going to happen and indeed, the effort proved fruitless and the peace was signed, recognising William III's claim to the throne.  Contrary to what some people state, these medals were not issued to the delegates from the countries signing the Peace Treaty at Ryswick in the Netherlands in September 1697, they were simply a device to keep the cause alive, even though everyone knew the cause was dead.  £125

 

WSC-6454:  1699 Scottish Jacobite Silver Medal – James Francis Edward Stuart.  Commemorating the succession of the young Prince James, in the Jacobites’ eyes at least.  The heavy symbolism typical of this and other tokens in this series.  It is interesting to note that this particular medal has either been in circulation as a Scottish Merk (the weights are virtually identical at around 6g) or it has been used as a pocket or touch piece.  An interesting and early item which oozes history.  Medallic Illustration 204/519 and listed as Rare (E).  £185

 

WSC-6379:  1745 Scottish Jacobite “Rebels Repulsed at Carlisle” Silver Medal.  Medallic Illustration 606/264 and listed as Rare (E).  £295

 

WSC-6634:  1745 Scottish Jacobite “Carlisle Taken” AE Medal.  Medallic Illustration 605/261.  The Scottish rebels, under Prince Charles, advanced as far south as Derby at which point they considered the dangers which threatened them, and promptly retreated back up the western side of England, back into Scotland.  They left a garrison in Carlisle which, after some show of resistance, was surrendered to the Duke of Cumberland (the son of George II).  It should be noted that these medals were struck quickly after the event and were in no way up to the quality of other medals issued from around this time.  From a small collection.  £195

 

WSC-6635:  1745 Scottish Jacobite “Carlisle Taken” AE Medal.  Medallic Illustration 605/262.  The Scottish rebels, under Prince Charles, advanced as far south as Derby at which point they considered the dangers which threatened them, and promptly retreated back up the western side of England, back into Scotland.  They left a garrison in Carlisle which, after some show of resistance, was surrendered to the Duke of Cumberland (the son of George II).  It should be noted that these medals were struck quickly after the event and were in no way up to the quality of other medals issued from around this time.  From a small collection.  £195

 

WSC-6664:  1745 Scottish Jacobite “Carlisle Taken” AE Medal.  Most unusual English (ie non Latin) legends.  That, coupled with the fact that this medal is completely unrecorded in Medallic Illustration, and the indifferent quality of the dies, implies this was the work of the enthusiastic Mr Pinchbeck, “a toyman” who was renowned for issuing Jacobite medallic material at the time. The Scottish rebels, under Prince Charles, advanced as far south as Derby at which point they considered the dangers which threatened them, and promptly retreated back up the western side of England, back into Scotland.  They left a garrison in Carlisle which, after some show of resistance, was surrendered to the Duke of Cumberland (the son of George II).  From a small collection.  £155

 

WSC-6667:  1746 Scottish Jacobite “Battle of Culloden” AE Medal.  Most unusual English (ie non Latin) legends.  That, coupled with the fact that this medal is completely unrecorded in Medallic Illustration, and the indifferent quality of the dies, implies this was the work of the enthusiastic Mr Pinchbeck, “a toyman” who was renowned for issuing Jacobite medallic material at the time. The Scottish rebels, under Prince Charles, advanced as far south as Derby at which point they considered the dangers which threatened them, and promptly retreated back up the western side of England, back into Scotland.  The Battle of Culloden was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart were decisively defeated by Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (the son of George II), near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.  The battle lasted only an hour – the surviving Jacobites being hunted down and killed, earning Cumberland the title of “Billy the Butcher”.  Charles himself evaded capture by disguising himself as an Irish maid.  He then went into exile to France for around 40 years.  Culloden ended the claim of the descendants of James II to the British throne.  Contemporaneously pierced, presumably for use as a necklace by a supporter?  From a small collection.  £95

 

WSC-6637:  1746 Scottish Jacobite “Battle of Culloden – Rebellion Defeated” AE Medal.  Medallic Illustration 616/286.  An interesting image of Highlander, hat off, kneeling suppliantly before the crowned lion rampant of England.  The Scottish rebels, under Prince Charles, advanced as far south as Derby at which point they considered the dangers which threatened them, and promptly retreated back up the western side of England, back into Scotland.  The Battle of Culloden was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart were decisively defeated by Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (the son of George II), near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.  The battle lasted only an hour – the surviving Jacobites being hunted down and killed, earning Cumberland the title of “Billy the Butcher”.  Charles himself evaded capture by disguising himself as an Irish maid.  He then went into exile to France for around 40 years.  Culloden ended the claim of the descendants of James II to the British throne.  It should be noted that these medals were struck quickly after the event and were in no way up to the quality of other medals issued from around this time.  From a small collection.  £225

 

WSC-6638:  1746 Scottish Jacobite “Battle of Culloden – Rebellion Defeated” AE Medal.  Medallic Illustration 617/287.  An interesting image of the English lion overcoming a wolf – the animal most associated with rebellion.  The translated legend reads: "Justice triumphant”.  This medal is listed as VERY RARE in M.I. although this particular example appears to have been modified in order to fit into an oval surround?  The Scottish rebels, under Prince Charles, advanced as far south as Derby at which point they considered the dangers which threatened them, and promptly retreated back up the western side of England, back into Scotland.  The Battle of Culloden was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart were decisively defeated by Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (the son of George II), near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.  The battle lasted only an hour – the surviving Jacobites being hunted down and killed, earning Cumberland the title of “Billy the Butcher”.  Charles himself evaded capture by disguising himself as an Irish maid.  He then went into exile to France for around 40 years.  Culloden ended the claim of the descendants of James II to the British throne.  It should be noted that these medals were struck quickly after the event and were in no way up to the quality of other medals issued from around this time.  From a small collection.  £125

 

WSC-6639:  1746 Scottish Jacobite “The Failure of Prince Charles” AE Medal.  Medallic Illustration 618/290.  An interesting image of a tiny Prince Charles attempting to snatch the crown from the top of a column, being seized and pulled back by the larger Duke of Cumberland (the son of George II).  The translated legend reads: "Come back again”.  It should be noted that these medals were struck quickly after the event and were in no way up to the quality of other medals issued from around this time.  From a small collection.  £195

 

 

 

Hammered / Milled Scottish Gold Coinage

 

James VI

 

WAu-6514:  1594 James VI Scottish Hammered Gold Rider.  Seventh issue, value 100 shillings.  Spink 5458.  The March 2018 Spink sale saw an identical date and similar grade coin achieve £4,750 after costs.  An iconic problem-free Scottish hammered gold coin from the late 1500’s. (E)  £3,450 RESERVED

 

 

 

William II

 

WAu-6691:  1701 William II of Scotland Milled Gold Half Pistole.  A single year issue of this excessively rare Scottish gold coin which was current at £6 in Scotland.  Spink 5677.  Both the full and half pistole were struck from gold dust imported by the Darien Co. (The Scottish African Company) from the Central American colony of Darien.  The company asked that its crest, a sun rising from the sea, should be placed on the coinage as an acknowledgement to themselves and to the “Rising Sun”, the ship which had carried the gold.  That emblem is under William II’s bust.  The half pistole is rarer than the full pistole in terms of availability although find either for sale and you’re doing better than nearly everyone else. (E)  £2,950

 

 

 

Hammered Silver Coinage

 

David 1st

 

WSC-6574:  David 1st Hammered Silver Scottish Penny – struck in David’s name.  David 1st, 1124-53.  A very early Scottish Hammered Silver Penny - the first independent Scottish king to issue coinage.  Son of Malcolm Ceanmor.  As well as King, David was also an English baron as he owned Northumberland.  Spink “Period C” – S.5008 (£3,750 in Spink 2015): this coin with the rarer x4 stalks on the reverse.  In the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 35 – Scottish Coins, there is a similar type listed as # 12 (see illustrated coin here and listing here).  A compilation of x3 David 1st Spink 5008(var) coins is illustrated here, this coin being the best of the three.  Sold with an old stiff cardboard information sheet with this actual coin illustrated.  I am aware of only two recent David 1st pennies being offered for sale elsewhere in David’s name (ie discounting the Stephen pennies from Carlisle) and although both were the better Spink 5003, both were north of £10,000 each.  Another Spink 5008 (x2 reverse stalks) was sold on this site for slightly under £4,000 in 2016 (see image).  This coin, unambiguously David 1st, is realistically priced at (E) £3,795

 

 

 

William 1st

 

WSC-6656:  William 1st “The Lion” Medieval Hammered Silver Cut Halfpenny.  The rarer, earlier Crescent & Pellet issue of 1174-95.  Cross Pommee sceptre head - Spink 5025.  Sold with an old Fred Rist (?) ticket.  A rare coin.  £75

 

WSC-6099:  William 1st “The Lion” Medieval Scottish Penny.  Phase B type:  1205 – 1230.  Voided short cross.  The much rarer +hENRY LE RVS reverse reading (Spink 5031) which is from the Perth mint.  Crude (stylised), very good grade and rare (E).  £395

 

WSC-6324:  William 1st “The Lion” Medieval Scottish Penny.  Phase B type:  1205 – 1230.  Voided short cross.  HVE WALTER working jointly from the Perth and Edinburgh mints.  Spink 5029.  Crude (stylised), very nice grade (E).  £165

 

 

 

Alexander II

 

WSC-6113:  Alexander II Hammered Silver Roxburgh Penny.  Voided short cross Phase C, 1230 – 1234.  +PERIS ADAM:DE:ROC: - joint moneyers Peris & Adam of Roxburgh.  Spink 5034.  Left facing bust.  The very first issue of Alexander II in the name of his father William.  Alexander was 16 when his father died.  A good value, rare coin (E).  £465

 

 

 

Alexander III

 

1st Issue Pennies

 

WSC-5586:  Alexander III Rarer 1st Issue PERTH Mint Penny.  Long cross & stars, 1250-80.  Excellent portrait and the rarer Perth mint (E).  £345

 

WSC-6377:  Alexander III Rarer 1st Issue “DVN” Mint Penny.  Long cross & stars, 1250-80.  WALTER.ON.DVN – one of the mysteries of Scottish coinage is that we still do not know the mint town represented by the signature DVN.  Dunbar, Dunfermline, Dundee, even Dumbarton have all been muted as the possible location.  Type III, Spink 5043.  The new Spink book (2015 so not that new anymore) has this coin at £450.  This one for sale at (E)  £395

 

WSC-5982:  Alexander III Rarer 1st Issue BERWICK Mint Penny.  Long cross & stars, 1250-80.  RO BER TON BE – Robert of Berwick.  Outstanding portrait piece.  Type III, SCBI 35, 93/A, Spink 5043 (E).  £345

 

WSC-6627:  Alexander III Rarer 1st Issue “FRES” Mint Penny.  Long cross & stars, 1250-80.  Type III portrait – Spink 5043 – and the very rare Fres mint.  This is one of the rarest Scottish mints – only Montrose and Wilanerter being rarer.  Montrose actually used this coin's obverse die so there is a strong correlation between the Fres & Montrose mints (see BNJ 1974 and BNJ 1990 60 6).  There were no examples of this coin in the famous Colchester Hoard.  Old Mike Vosper ticket shown here with his old price.  £345

 

 

 

2nd Coinage Pennies

 

WSC-6452:  Alexander III Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1280-86.  The rarer Perth mint town.  Very nice grade.  Spink 5055 (E).  £165

 

WSC-6470:  Alexander III Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1280-86.  The rarer Roxburgh mint town.  From the famous 1886 Aberdeen Hoard.  Class E, Spink 5056 (E).  £165

 

WSC-6471:  Alexander III Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1280-86.  Berwick mint town.  From the famous 1886 Aberdeen Hoard.  Class Ma, Spink 5053 (E).  £165

 

WSC-6472:  Alexander III Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1280-86.  The rarer Aberdeen mint town.  From the famous 1886 Aberdeen Hoard.  Class Mc, Spink 5055 (E).  £175

 

WSC-6473:  Alexander III Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1280-86.  Edinburgh mint town.  From the famous 1886 Aberdeen Hoard.  Class E, Spink 5056 (E).  £165

 

 

2nd Coinage Half Pennies

 

WSC-5053:  Alexander III Scottish Rare “Round” Halfpenny.  Two mullets of six points.  Very rare denomination and a very nice grade coin (E).  £295

 

 

2nd Coinage FARTHINGS

 

WSC-5028:  Alexander III Scottish Rare “Round” Farthing.  Four mullets of six points.  Excessively rare denomination in lovely grade (E).  £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 (E).  £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 (E).  £495

 

 

 

David II

 

WSC-6460:  David II Medieval Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  Second coinage, 1351-57.  VILLA ABERDON – the very rare Aberdeen provincial mint.  Spink 5121 where the 2015 price guide lists this coin at £900.  I am unaware of any Aberdeen pennies coming up for sale in recent or even non recent times.  A great rarity (E).  £695

 

 

 

Robert II

 

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

 

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

 

WSC-6093:  Robert II Scottish Hammered Silver Penny.  1371-90, Perth mint.  Spink 5146 – rarer variety (E).  £129

 

 

 

Robert III

 

WSC-5893:  Robert III Scottish Hammered Silver Groat.  Heavy coinage issue of 1390 – 1403.  Edinburgh mint (E).  £335

 

WSC-6726:  Exceptionally Rare Robert III Scottish Hammered Silver Halfpenny.  Second issue, very rare Perth mint, Spink 5188.  +ROBERTVS DEI REX / +VILLA DE PERTH.  0.45 grams / 6.9 grains.  A high grade example of this very rare issue with unusually full legends.  Atypical obverse reading which I am unable to find elsewhere - it's usually ROBERTVS REX SCOT or rarely ROBERTVS  DEIG.  Possibly a mule of Spink 5188 and 5188A as the obverse of 1558A is similar to this coin (see Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles, 35, Scottish Coins).  Perth examples rarely come up for sale on the open market.  The ticket accompanying this coin states “Finest known?”.  A very rare coin in excellent grade.  £875

 

 

 

James III

 

WSC-6689:  Scottish James III Copper Farthing – “Black Money”.  IACOBVS D G R with a crown over IR.  Spink 5312.  One of the great rarities in Scottish coinage – rarer than David 1st pennies; rarer even than David 1st pennies in David’s own name!  Struck under an Act of 1466, this first farthing, confusingly termed Issue Two at the time, was hyped up by the authorities in order to make farthings seem popular in a time when currency was falling in value – the halfpennies were already at farthing value.  It was suggested by the Church that it would be a suitable coin to give to beggars but the reality was that beggars formed little or no part of the thinking behind the minting of these coins – the driving force was simply profit for the Crown.  Virtually as soon as Issue Two was started, it was closed down.  The “Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles (35): Scottish Coins in the Ashmolean & Huntarian Museums,” by Bateson & Mayhew (1987), states that the Huntarian has no James III farthings at all.  In the same publication, the Ashmolean has a single James III farthing and although all J.III farthings are very rare, theirs is the trefoil type (Spink 5313) which is not in the same league as crown over IR.  Also, the condition of their example is poor whereas the condition of this coin is very good indeed.  Richardson’s 1977 “Catalogue of Scottish Coins in the National Museum in Edinburgh” also shows no James III farthings.  I have since been informed that the National Museum in Edinburgh does now have several James III farthings but only a single example of Spink 5312.  See Coin News October & November 2018 for two excellent articles by David Pearson on “The black copper money and placks underweight in silver of James III”, including an illustration of the poor example they now hold.  A very rare coin in excellent grade for issue.  £795

 

WSC-6710:  High Grade Scottish James III Crux Pellit Copper “Three-Penny Penny”.  1460-88, class III, Spink 5311.  Previously regarded as an Ecclesiastical issue (a Crossraguel of Bishop Kennedy).  Old ticket here.  As good or possibly slightly better than the Spink plate coin (the best extant example they could source to photograph) and as such, choice.  £285

 

 

 

James IV

 

WSC-6721:  Scottish James IV Hammered Billon Silver Penny.  Class IV, 1488 - 1513.  Edinburgh mint, Spink 5362.  A very nice grade coin indeed for the issue.  £145

 

 

 

James V

 

WSC-6103:  Scottish James V Third Sixpenny Groat.  Second coinage (there were three coinages but only the second one issued silver coinage), 1526 – 1539.  Single issue type IV, Edinburgh.  Sold with an old ticket.  A rare denomination.  Spink 5380. (E)  £295

 

WSC-6486:  James V Hammered Billon Silver Plack.  First coinage, 1513-36.  Sold with an old ticket.  Spink 5381. (E)  £135

 

WSC-6630:  Scottish James V Full 1s, 6d Groat.  Second coinage, 1526 – 1539.  Type III, Edinburgh.  Spink 5380.  A rare denomination and in excellent grade.  £675

 

 

 

Mary

 

WSC-6681:  1555 Scottish Mary Hammered Silver 11/12 Alloy Silver Hardhead or Lion.  First period before marriage.  Unusual cracks to both obverse and reverse dies indicating that these dies were very much on their last legs.  Spink 5439.  High grade; bordering on choice for issue.  £215

 

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. (E)  £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. (E)  See Tudor:  Elizabeth 1st section

 

WSC-6316:  Scottish Mary Hammered Silver HALF Bawbee.  Billon silver (3/4 alloy) issue, first period before marriage.  Voided saltire cross.  Very good grade for issue.  Spink 5436. (E)  £249

 

 

 

James VI

 

WSC-6620:  1572 Scottish James VI Hammered Silver Half Merk or Noble.  Second coinage, very nice grade and beautifully toned.  Sold with a very old collector’s ticket.  A lovely coin.  £375

 

WSC-6111:  1572 Scottish James VI Hammered Silver Quarter Merk or Half Noble.  Second coinage in better grade with an extremely clear date.  Spink 5479 (E).  £255

 

WAu-6514:  1594 James VI Scottish Hammered Gold Rider.  Seventh issue, value 100 shillings.  Spink 5458.  The March 2018 Spink sale saw an identical date and similar grade coin achieve £4,750 after costs.  An iconic problem-free Scottish hammered gold coin from the late 1500’s (E).  £3,450 RESERVED

 

WAu-6598:  1602 James VI Scottish Hammered Gold Full Sword & Sceptre Piece.  Eighth issue, value 120 shillings.  Spink 5460.  A problem-free Scottish hammered gold coin which is very reasonably priced. Sold with a pair of old slips – one being a photograph of the coin, the other it’s accompanying description stating: “Ex Aston’s, September 1976”. (E)  £1,395

 

WSC-6104:  Scottish James VI Hammered Silver Two Shillings.  Initial mark Thistle.  Spink 5509.  A cheap Scottish coin (E).  £39

 

WSC-6109:  Scottish James VI Hammered Silver 30 Shillings.  Initial mark Thistle.  The rarer Type II variety - Spink 5504 (E).  £245

 

 

 

Charles 1st

 

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

 

WSC-6687:  Scottish Charles 1st Hammered Silver 2 Shillings.  Fourth coinage of 1642.  Spink 5593.  Rare.  £155

 

WSC-6623:  Scottish Charles 1st Hammered Silver 3 Shillings.  Fourth coinage of 1642.  Spink 5592.  Rare.  £225

 

WSC-6015:  Scottish Charles 1st Hammered Silver 12 Shillings.  Third coinage, 1637 – 1642.  Falconer’s second issue, type IV.  Spink 5563.  The coin is sold with a very old ticket, possibly WW2 period, stating that this coin was purchased for twenty five shillings (E).  £285

 

WSC-6107:  Scottish Charles 1st Hammered Silver 30 Shillings.  Falconer’s Third coinage, 1637 - 1642.  Type IV with round ground below horse.  Initial mark thistle.  Spink 5556 (E).  £385

 

WSC-6565:  Scottish Charles 1st High Grade Copper Turner.  Earl of Stirling coinage, 1632-39.  Spink 5601.  The rarer type 4a with im Saltire both sides.  Probably a contemporary counterfeit although Spink suggest these are mainly im Lis and Lion.  Choice (E).  £98

 

 

 

Milled Coinage

 

Charles II

 

Silver

 

WSC-6688:  1670 Charles II Scottish Silver Merk.  First coinage.  Interesting for two reasons: 1. There is a colon after the date and 2. The die axis is 85 degrees which is noted in Spink (p96) as considerably rarer than the standard 180 or en medaille die axis types.  £185

 

WSC-6455:  1671 Charles II Scottish Silver Merk.  First coinage.  Interesting for two reasons: 1. The grade is much better than usually seen and 2. The die axis is 85 degrees which is noted in Spink (p96) as considerably rarer than the standard 180 or en medaille die axis types (E).  £195

 

WSC-6697:  1672 Charles II Scottish Silver HALF Merk.  First coinage.  Spink 5614.  Above average for issue.  £125

 

WSC-6096:  1677 Charles II Scottish Silver 1/16th Dollar.  Second coinage and interestingly, the only denomination in the series to have a reverse Saltire Cross.  High grade for issue.  Spink 5624 (E).  £295

 

WSC-5838:  1682 over 1680 Scottish Charles II Silver ¼ Dollar.  Second coinage, good grade for issue (E).  £195

 

Copper

 

WSC-6657:  1677 Scottish Charles II Turner / Bodle.  The first date in only a three year issue.  Better grade for issue, being actually better than the Spink plate coin, and benefiting from being the rarer LAESSET error issue.  Spink 5632 (£200 in the 2015 guide).  A desirable coin.  £125

 

WSC-6666:  1677 Scottish Charles II Turner / Bodle.  The first date in only a three year issue.  Better grade for issue, being actually better than the Spink plate coin.  Spink 5630 (£135 in the 2015 guide).  £55

 

WSC-6413:  1677 Scottish Charles II Copper Bawbee or Sixpence.  First date in only a three year issue.  Spink 5628.  Better grade for issue (E).  £55

 

WSC-6650:  1677 Scottish Charles II Copper Bawbee or Sixpence.  First date in only a three year issue.  Spink 5628.  Better grade for issue, being about as good as the Spink plate coin.  £75

 

WSC-6651:  1678 Scottish Charles II Copper Bawbee or Sixpence.  Second date in only a three year issue.  Spink 5628.  Better grade for issue, being nearly as good as the Spink plate coin.  £65

 

WSC-6652:  1679 Scottish Charles II Copper Bawbee or Sixpence.  Third and rarest date in only a three year issue.  Spink 5628.  Better grade for issue, being nearly as good as the Spink plate coin.  £65

 

 

 

William II

 

WSC-6698:  1695 Scottish William II Copper BAWBEE.  Spink 5690 where it’s given very high values in the 2015 price guide.  £119

 

WSC-6582:  1695 Scottish William II Copper Bodle.  Spink 5696 where it’s given very high values in the 2015 price guide (E).  £65

 

WSC-6717:  1695 Scottish William II Silver 40 Shillings.  A large Scottish silver coin in remarkably good grade for the issue.  Spink 5679.  Ex Spink, ex Coincraft (their ticket here).  Rare in this grade.  £445

 

WSC-6626:  1697 Scottish William II Silver 40 Shillings.  A large Scottish silver coin in remarkably good grade for the issue.  Spink 5682 (Spink 2015: £675, £2,250).  Rare in this grade.  £645

 

WAu-6691:  1701 William II of Scotland Milled Gold Half Pistole.  A single year issue of this excessively rare Scottish gold coin which was current at £6 in Scotland.  Spink 5677.  Both the full and half pistole were struck from gold dust imported by the Darien Co. (The Scottish African Company) from the Central American colony of Darien.  The company asked that its crest, a sun rising from the sea, should be placed on the coinage as an acknowledgement to themselves and to the “Rising Sun”, the ship which had carried the gold.  That emblem is under William II’s bust.  The half pistole is rarer than the full pistole in terms of availability although find either for sale and you’re doing better than nearly everyone else. (E)  £2,950

 

 

 

 

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WSC-5472:  1748 Scottish Communion Church Token.  A very early date indeed.  Dull, Perthshire.  Burzinski 3585 (image annotation for B number is incorrect).  Rare.  £25

 

WSC-4728:  1755 Scottish Communion Church Token.  A very early date indeed.  Cadder, Lanarkshire.  Minister Alexander Dun.  Burzinski 1190.  Rare.  £25

 

WSC-5473:  1793 Scottish Communion Church Token.  An early date.  Dull, Perthshire.  Burzinski 5029 (image annotation for B number is incorrect).  £25

 

WSC-4730:  1796 Scottish Communion Church token.  An early date.  Rare.  £25

 

WSC-5700:  1700’s Scottish Communion Church Token.  Mortlack, Banffshire.  Burzinski 4515.  £25

 

WSC-5701:  1700’s Scottish Communion Church Token.  Millbrex, Aberdeenshire.  Burzinski 4512.  £25

 

WSC-5702:  1790 Scottish Communion Church Token.  Craigend, Perthshire.  Minister Robert Forsyth.  Burzinski 1262.  £25

 

H174: 1700's Scottish Communion Token "LK" - Apparently Unrecorded in Burzinski.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H173: 1700's Scottish Communion Token - Berwickshire - Burzinski 6841.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H108: 1772 Scottish Communion Token - Larbert, Stirlingshire - Burzinski 2021.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H031: 1791 Scottish Communion Token - Leith, Lothians, Burzinski 4197.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H007: 1775 Scottish Communion Token - Lochgoilphead, Argyll, Burzinski 4167.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

WSC-5943:  1700’s Scottish Communion Church Token.  Lairg, Sutherland.  Burzinski 4067.  £25

 

WSC-5944:  1799 Scottish Communion Church Token.  Liff & Benvie, Angus.  Burzinski 4269.  £25

 

 

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WSC-5698:  1871 Scottish Communion Church Token.  Leven, Fife.  Minister John S. Hyslop.  Burzinski 4248.  £25

 

H180: 1800's Scottish Communion Token - St Ninians, North Leith, Burzinski 5280.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H169: 1840 Scottish Communion Token - Glasgow, Lanarkshire - Burzinski 4818 VAR.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H168: 1843 Scottish Communion Token - Monzie, Perthshire - Burzinski 4974.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H167: 1835 Scottish Communion Token - Leitholm, Berwickshire - Burzinski 4206.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H112: 1850 Scottish Communion Token - Musselburgh, Lothians - Burzinski 5108.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H111: 1838 Scottish Communion Token - Dalkeith, Lothians - Burzinski 1858.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H078: 1801 Scottish Communion Token - Mains & Strathmartine - Burzinski 4594.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H073: 1802 Scottish Communion Token - Madderty, Perthshire - Burzinski 4581.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25

 

H034: 1827 Scottish Communion Token - Kinnell, Angus, Burzinski 3832.  See image for details.  Old collection piece.  £25