Mary Queen of Scots Edinburgh Bawbee

Scottish Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1567) Edinburgh bawbee (six pence), first period (1542-58), plain cross, mint mark cross obverse and lis reverse. Obverse: Crowned thistle with "MR" either side and legend: "+MARIA D:G REGINA SCOTORV", (Mary by the grace of God Queen of Scots), no pellets in the crown. This is an early variety as "REGINA" was later reduced to "R" in the legend. Reverse: Plain saltire cross with pellet-and-club crown at centre and cinquefoils either side with legend: "OPPIDVM EDINBVRGI", (Town of Edinburgh). The cinquefoils refer to the Earl of Arran who was acting as Regent while Mary was still under age. Nice collectable condition, see photograph.

Stevenson Group 2, Class IIa(i), Spink No: S.5432. Diameter 21.7mm. VF-. £195.00

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