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James VI of Scotland, eighth merk

This is another coin from Michael Young’s collection of detecting finds. This one is an eighth thistle merk (about 17mm in diameter) of James VI of Scotland, which was struck just before he became King of England.

On the obverse is the crowned shield of arms of Scotland. On the reverse is a crowned thistle and the date is at the end of the legend. I couldn’t make it out but Michael said he was pretty sure it was 1602. Coins of this generic type were struck during the eighth Scottish coinage, which commenced in 1601 and lasted until 1604.


Michael’s find is in pretty good condition but clipping has left the edge irregular, which will reduce its value. As it stands my price estimate would be £30 – £40.

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