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20 pence piece of Charles I

Paul Marland asked for my opinion on this Scottish hammered silver coin. It’s the second 20 pence piece of Charles I to be featured this week.

On the obvers there are no lozenges by the mark of value. On the reverse there is a letter B within the crown positioned over the thistle. In Coins of Scotland, Ireland and the Islands the obverse die is listed as number 5586 and the reverse is 5585. Both dies were made by Nicholas Briot but the combination is unusual.


There is a scratch on the king’s face but the coin is otherwise in good Fine condition. As it stands, I’d suggest it would be worth around £100 to a collector of Scottish coins.

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