Coin (obverse), rider, from reign of James III

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Coin (obverse), rider, from reign of James III

This is the obverse of a gold rider minted at Edinburgh between 1475 and 1484 during the reign of James III. The coin was worth 23 shillings Scots and was in the first ever issue of riders.

The obverse bears an image of the king in armour riding a galloping horse. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

James III's reign saw a number of major coinage innovations including two new gold coins - the rider and the unicorn; a large billon coin - the plack; and thistle-heads and a realistic portrait of the king appearing on coins for the first time.

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Online ID: 000-100-050-542-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C90
Date: 1475 - 1484
Between 1475 and 1484
Material: Gold; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. IACOBVS : DEI : GRA : RE / XSCOTOR; stops are double saltire, saltire, double saltire; king on horseback to right / Rev. SALVVM / FACPOP / VLVMTV / VMDNE; crowned shield of arms superimposed on long cross; double tre
Dimensions: 23.00 x 23.50 mm D / Die Axis: 1.5
What: Coin Type: Stewart I
Coin, rider
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James III
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James III gold rider, Edinburgh, 1475 - 1484
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 60 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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