Coin (Reverse), ten shilling piece, from reign of James VII (II of England)

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Coin (Reverse), ten shilling piece, from reign of James VII (II of England)

This is the reverse of a silver ten shilling piece minted in Edinburgh in 1687, during the reign of James VII.

The reverse has a saltire with a national emblem at the end of each arm and crowned shields in each angle. The Latin inscription translates as: 'King of Great Britain, France and Ireland'.

James' reign as successor to his elder brother began in 1685 and ended four years later in military defeat at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland. James' Scottish coinage comprised just two denominations in silver (40 shillings and 10 shillings).

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Online ID: 000-100-054-563-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C4112
Date: 1687
Material: Silver; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. IACOBUS . II . DEI . GRATIA .; bust to right; 10 below / Rev. MAG . BR . FRA . ET . HIB . REX . 1687 .; saltire with emblem at end of each arm; crowned shield in each angle
Dimensions: 26.50 x 26.00 mm D / Die Axis: 12.0
What: Coin, ten shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: J.K.R. Murray Collection
James VII (II of England)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VII silver ten-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1687
  • 'Currency' [multimedia CD-ROM] Edinburgh: NMS, 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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