Coin (obverse), 22 shilling piece, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (obverse), 22 shilling piece, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a 22 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: 000-100-050-628-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C176
Date: 1553
Material: Gold; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. MARIADGRSCOTORVM; crowned shield of arms; I to left; G to right / Rev. Cross DILIGITE IVSTICIAM 1553; crowned monogram of MARIA REGINA between two cinquefoils; small cinquefoils
Dimensions: 21.50 mm D / Die Axis: 4.0
What: Coin Type: Murray I
Coin, 22 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Hawick Hoard (?)
Mary, Queen of Scots
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Roxburghshire, Hawick
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots gold 22-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1553
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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