Coin (obverse), 20 shilling piece, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (obverse), 20 shilling piece, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a gold 20 shilling piece minted at Edinburgh in 1543, during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned shield. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Mary, by the Grace of God, Queen of Scots'. This inscription is followed by the date, 1543.

Mary's coinage is divisible into five phases, reflecting her early life, two marriages and two widowhoods. During her reign numerous issues appeared in gold, silver and base metal, many of them comprising denominations never previously struck.

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Online ID: 000-100-050-620-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C168
Date: 1543
Material: Gold; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross MARIA . D . G . R . SCOTORVM . 1 . 5 . 4 . 3; stops are pellets; crowned shield of arms / Rev. Star ECCE . ANCILLA . DOMINI; stops are pellets crowned MR ligate; cinquefoil below
Dimensions: 20.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.0
What: Coin, 20 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Mary, Queen of Scots
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots gold 20-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1543
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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