Coin (obverse), 30 shilling piece, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (obverse), 30 shilling piece, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a gold 30 shilling piece, or half-ryal, minted at Edinburgh in 1555, during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots.

The obverse bears an uncrowned portrait of the queen. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Mary, by the Grace of God, Queen of Scots'.

Mary's coinage is divisible into five phases, reflecting her early life, two marriages and two widowhoods. During her reign numerous issues appeared in gold, silver and base metal, many of them comprising denominations never previously struck.

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Online ID: 000-100-050-632-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C180
Date: 1555
Material: Gold; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. . MARIA . DEI . G . SCOTOR . REGINA .; stops are five pellets, trefoil; bust to left / Rev. . IVSTVS . FIDE . VIVIT . 1555 .; stops are four pellets, trefoil; crowned shield of arms
Dimensions: 22.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin, 30 shilling piece / half ryal
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Mary, Queen of Scots
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots gold 30-shilling piece or half-ryal, Edinburgh, 1555
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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