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Scottish Coin

I suppose many folks have a tin of old coins in the house. I remember this coin from our tin when I was a kid. I rediscovered our tin when my mother was moving home recently.

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There were several coronation commemorative coins including that of Edward VII. This one is different. On one side it says “In defence of the rights and honour of Scotland”, with the Royal Lion Rampant flag.

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On the other it says “Edward I of Britain & the British Empire, falsely styled Edward VII. Our army, navy, parliament and flag all are British not English”.

I’ve had a look on the net for some information but have so far drawn a blank. This is obviously not the work of Scottish nationalists but seems rather to have been struck as a protest to a time when the postal address of Scotland became North Britain. It’s a reminder that the union was meant to be one of equal partnership and how it didn’t actually work out like that.

Interesting stuff.

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