Coin (obverse), crown, from reign of James V

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Coin (obverse), crown, from reign of James V

This is the obverse of a gold crown minted at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh between 1526 and 1539, during the reign of James V. The coin was worth 20 shillings Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned pointed shield with a saltire to each side. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James V, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

Because they were struck at the mint Holyrood Palace, these coins were known as 'abbey crowns'.

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Online ID: 000-100-050-611-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C159
Date: 1526 - 1539
Between 1526 and 1539
Material: Gold; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Star IACOBVS . 5 . DEI . GRA . REX . SCOTORVM; stops are trefoils; barred As; crowned shield of arms, with saltire to either side; round-based shield / Rev. Crown . CRVCIS . ARMA . SEQVAMVR; stops are trefoils; barred
Dimensions: 26.50 mm D / Die Axis: 4.5
What: Coin Type: Stewart III
Coin, crown
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Bearman Collection
James V
Lockett Collection
Murdoch Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James V gold crown, Edinburgh, 1526 - 1539
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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