Coin (obverse), half-lion, from the reign of James IV

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Coin (obverse), half-lion, from the reign of James IV

This is the obverse of a gold half-lion minted at Edinburgh between 1492 and 1513, during the reign of James IV. The coin was worth seven shillings Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned shield between crowned fleurs-de-lys. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God'.

James IV's coins were mainly continuations of the types issued during the previous reign. Those stylistic changes that did occur were largely backward-looking. No attempt was made to follow James III's example of using a realistic portrait.

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Online ID: 000-100-050-591-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C139
Date: 1492 - 1513
Between 1492 and 1513
Material: Gold; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Crown IACOBVS : DEI : GRACIA : REX : SCO :; stops are double stars; crowned shield with crowned lis to either side / Rev. SALVVIII / : FAC : / PPLV : TV / DN; stops are two double stars, comma over star; St Andrew on
Dimensions: 21.50 x 22.50 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin Type: Stewart I
Coin, half lion
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James IV
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James IV gold half-lion, Edinburgh, 1492 - 1513
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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