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Coin (Obverse), thistle merk, from reign of James VI

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Postcard of Coin (Obverse), thistle merk, from reign of James VI.
000-100-053-760-C
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Coin (Obverse), thistle merk, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a silver thistle merk minted at Edinburgh in 1601, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth 13 shillings and four pence Scots.

The obverse has a crowned shield. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James VI, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

The coins of James VI's reign are considered to have the most beautiful designs and most varied legends of all Scottish coins. After the Union of the Crowns of 1603, Scottish gold and silver coins closely resembled their English counterparts.


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Online ID: 000-100-053-760-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3308
Date: 1601
Material: Silver; slight flattening; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS . 6 . D . G . R . SCOTORVM; crowned shield / Rev. REGEM . IOVA . PROTEGIT . 1601; crowned thistle with no pellets on crown
Dimensions: 31.50 x 30.50 mm D / Die Axis: 3.0
What: Coin Type: 8th coinage
Coin, thistle merk
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Castle Maoil Hoard, 1951
James VI
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Skye, Kyleakin, Castle Maoil
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Event:
Description: James VI silver thistle merk, Edinburgh, 1601
References:
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • PSAS 85 (1950 - 1951), p 158 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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