Cameron Maclean

Research title: The Anglo-Scottish Monetary Union (1604-1707)

Research Summary

The Anglo-Scottish Monetary Union (1604-1707)

King James VI/I established a monetary union between his kingdoms of Scotland and England in 1604. Each kingdom was to produce interchangeable coins of the same standard, weight and comparative value. This arrangement, while undergoing significant development, arguably remained in place until 1707. My PhD will study the history of this monetary union with the aim of determining how closely Scottish and English authorities cooperated to implement and uphold it and how effectively it was maintained throughout its existence. This will ultimately provide a new perspective on Anglo-Scottish relations and economic integration during the Union of the Crowns (1603-1707).



Journal Articles

'The Scottish Post-Union copper coinage of James VI: new evidence', British Numismatic Journal, volume 91 (2021) - Awarded the Royal Historical Society's David Berry Prize (2022)

Blog Posts 

'Scotland's First Gold Coin', The Hunterian Blog (December 2023)

'Elizabeth II: Rare proof-record coins', The Hunterian Blog (September 2023)

'Coronation Coins and Medals', The Hunterian Blog (May 2023)

'Royal Maundy Money', The Hunterian Blog (April 2023)

'The History Behind King Charles III's New Coins', The Hunterian Blog (November 2022)

'A Sovereign's Favour', The Hunterian Blog (August 2022)

'An Addition to the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 35: Scottish Coins in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow', The BNS Research Blog (February 2020)

'A Unique Coin from the Anarchy', The Hunterian Blog (January 2020)

'Forgeries of Mary Queen of Scots (Part II)', The Hunterian Blog (August 2019)

'Forgeries of Mary Queen of Scots (Part I)', The Hunterian Blog (August 2019)


'A Coinage of Union? The Post-Union of the Crowns Scottish Coinage of James VI (1604-1625)', unpublished dissertation for MLitt degree (with distinction), University of Glasgow (September 2019) - Awarded the Duke of Montrose's First Marquis of Montrose Award for Scottish Studies (2019)

'The influence of continental European coinage on the coinage of Scotland (1390-1603)', unpublished dissertation for MA degree (1st class honours), University of Glasgow (February 2018) - Awarded the University of Glasgow's George Neilson Prize (2018)


A Review of the Scottish and English Coins of James VI/I and Charles I in the Collection of National Museums Scotland, unpublished review conducted for National Museums Scotland (April 2024)



SGSAH AHRS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship, 2021-2025. 


'The Lord Stewartby Collection of Scottish Coins' coin handling workshop at the John Buchan Society's Annual General Meeting, 16 March 2024

'Using Numismatic Objects in Public Engagement' at the SGSAH Year 2 Symposium, The Studio, Glasgow, 21 June 2023

'Minting Technology During the Early Modern Period' coin handling workshop at the Northern Early Modern Network's 3rd Annual Conference, University of Strathclyde and The Hunterian, 22-23 May 2023. 

'The Engravers of James VI's 9th Scottish Coinage (1605-1609)' at the XVI International Numismatic Congress, University of Warsaw, 11-16 September 2022.

'The Coinage of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1567)' at the Higher History Conference, University of Glasgow, 3 September 2022.

Additional Information

Academic Awards 

The David Berry Prize, awarded by the Royal Historical Society (2022)

The First Marquis of Montrose Award for Scottish Studies, awarded by the University of Glasgow on behalf of the Duke of Montrose (2019)

The George Neilson Prize, awarded by the University of Glasgow (2018)

The David Kerr Thom Memorial Prize, awarded by the University of Glasgow (2015)

Museum Exhibit Contributions

Chasing the Jacobite Dream, The Hunterian (2 June 2023 - 7 January 2024)

The Afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots, The Hunterian (14 October 2022 - 5 February 2023)

'Anarchy'? Coinage of King Stephen's Reign, The Hunterian (17 September - 15 December 2019)

Public Talks etc.

'A Hands-on History of Coinage Production from Antiquity to the Modern Era' coin handling workshop with the Hufton Postgraduate History Network (26 April 2024)

'Jacobites and the King's Evil', Hunterian Friday Focus Talk (27 October 2023)

Coin World Podcast Episode 203: Getting a Handle on Scottish Coins (8 June 2023) 

'The Coinage of Mary Queen of Scots', Marie Stuart Society's Annual Gathering (22 April 2023)

'The Coinage of Mary Queen of Scots', Hunterian Friday Focus Talk (3 February 2023)

New Approaches and Different Methodologies in Historical Research, panellist, Historical Perspectives (2 November 2022)


Member of the British Numismatic Society 

Postgraduate member of the Royal Historical Society