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: 000-100-050-470-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C18
Date: 1390 - 1406
Between 1390 and 1406
Material: Gold; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross ROBERTVS : DEI : GRA : REX SCOTORVM .; stops are double lis or trefoils, last stop is single lis or trefoil; crowned shield / Rev. Cross DN : / SPTCTOR / MS / XLIBATOR; stop is two pellets, as written; St An
Dimensions: 23.50 x 23.00 mm D / Die Axis: 3.5
What: Coin Type: Light coinage
Coin, lion
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Robert III
St Andrew
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Robert III gold lion, Edinburgh, 1390 - 1406
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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