Coin (obverse), 44 shilling piece, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (obverse), 44 shilling piece, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a gold 44 shilling piece minted at Edinburgh in 1553, during the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned shield between the letters 'IG' (for Iacobus Gubenator [the Regent, James, Earl of Arran]). The Latin inscription translates as: 'Mary, by the Grace of God, Queen of Scots'.

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: 000-100-050-624-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C172
Date: 1553
Material: Gold; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross MARIA . D . G . SCOTORVM . REGINA .; stops are pellets except for last one which is a triangle of three pellets; crowned shield of arms; I to left; G to right / Rev. Cross DILIGITE . IVSTICIAM . 1553; 1st stop i
Dimensions: 27.00 x 26.50 mm D / Die Axis: 3.0
What: Coin Type: Murray Ib
Coin, 44 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Huth Collection
Lockett Collection
Mary, Queen of Scots
Murdoch Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots gold 44-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1553
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • cf BNJ (1968); Murray, J.K.R., p 98 - 109 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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