Coin (obverse), lion, from reign of Robert III

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Coin (obverse), lion, from reign of Robert III

This is the obverse of a gold lion minted at Edinburgh sometime between 1390 and 1406, during the reign of Robert III. The coin was worth five shillings Scots.

The obverse bears a large crowned shield with the Royal Arms of Scotland. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Robert, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

The reign of Robert III saw the introduction of gold lions and half-lions. These coins bear no mint names but like all succeeding gold coinages are thought to have been struck only in Edinburgh. Robert III also had mints at Aberdeen, Perth and Dumbarton.

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Online ID: 000-100-050-466-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C14
Date: 1390 - 1406
Between 1390 and 1406
Material: Gold; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross ROBERTVS : DEI : GRACIA : REX : SCOTTORUM; stops are two crosses; crowned shield / Rev. Cross XPC : REGNAT : XPC : VINCIT : XPC : IMPERAT; stops are two crosses; St Andrew on cross which extends to inner circle,
Dimensions: 26.5 x 27.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.5
What: Coin Type: Heavy coinage, 2nd issue
Coin, lion
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Pollexfen (RBKS note in NMAS copy of Richardson)
Robert III
St Andrew
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Robert III gold lion, Edinburgh, 1390 - 1406
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), Add 131 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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