Engraving from Old & New Edinburgh - published 1890

Scottish Mint

The Old Scottish Mint

Engraving from 'Old & New Edinburgh'  -  The Old Scottish Mint

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Engraving  after a drawing by James Drummond RSA.


The Old Scottish Mint

The Royal Mint was located originally in the Outer Court in the Palace of Holyrood, near the Horse Wynd.

In 1559, it was moved, for greater safety, to Edinburgh Castle.

In 1574 it moved again, this time to the building in the engraving above.  This was situated where Gray's Close meets the Cowgate, opposite High School Wynd.

Gray's Close linked the Cowgate to a point in the Royal Mile opposite the Netherbow.

Scotland continued to produce its own coins until the Act of Union between England and Scotland in 1707.  The building pictured above survived until the 1870s.

Source:  Old & New Edinburgh:  Vol 1, p.267