Coin (obverse), plack, from reign of James VI

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found at Urquhart Castle, Inverness-shire

Postcard of Coin (obverse), plack, from reign of James VI.
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Coin (obverse), plack, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a billon plack found at Urquhart Castle in Inverness-shire. The coin was minted between 1583 and 1590, during the reign of James VI.

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

Urquhart Castle dates from the 12th century when a Norman motte and bailey occupied the site. In the 13th century, it was in the hands of the Comyns of Badenoch but was occupied by Edward I's troops in 1296 and 1303. Five years later, the castle was regained by Robert I and was designated a royal castle by the end of the 14th century. It commanded a strategic position on Loch Ness and was vital to the crown's control of the Highlands.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-465-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.HY 30
Date: 1567 - 1625
Between 1583 and 1590
What: Coin, plack
Subject: Finds from Urquhart Castle (NMAS Classification)
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Glen Urquhart, Urquhart Castle
Description: James VI plack from Urquhart Castle, 1567 - 1625
  • Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 112 (1982), 465-76 
  • PSAS CXII, 1982, p. 465-76 
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