Scotland, Charles II (1649-1685), Silver Half-Merk, 1672, First Coinage, Type II, laureate and draped bust right in armour, straight ribbons behind head, thistle with leaves below bust, rev inverted die axis, cruciform shields, crowned interlinked Cs in angles, value at centre, date in legend (SCBI 35:1602-4; S.5614).
Toned, good very fine.
ex Magnus Collection, Spink Auction 212, 28 March 2012, lot 1006. ex Harrington E Manville, Scottish Collection, Dix Noonan and Webb, 15 September 2015, lot 87. “The Scottish Silver Coinage of Charles II” by J K R Murray published in the B.N.J. Volume 38 of 1969 reveals in the calendar year of 1672 that only 12,333 Half-Merk pieces were struck.