Coin (obverse), two-thirds lion noble, from reign of James VI

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Coin (obverse), two-thirds lion noble, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a gold two-thirds lion noble minted at Edinburgh in 1584, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth 50 shillings Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned lion sejant with sword and sceptre. The Latin inscription translates as: 'After one hundred and five ancestors, these remain unconquered '.

The coins of James VI's reign are considered to have the most beautiful designs and most varied legends of all Scottish coins. After the Union of the Crowns of 1603, Scottish gold and silver coins closely resembled their English counterparts.

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Online ID: 000-100-050-639-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C187
Date: 1584
Material: Gold; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Quatrefoil with central pellet POST . 5 . & . 100 . PROA . INVICTA . MANET . HEC; stops as written; crowned lion sejant / Rev. Quatrefoil with central pellet DEVS IVDICIVM TVVM REGI DA 1584; saltire of four crowned IR
Dimensions: 25.00 x 24.00 mm D / Die Axis: 9.0
What: Coin Type: 4th coinage
Coin, two thirds lion noble
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Sutherland Collection? (RBKS annotation on ticket in tray)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI gold two-thirds-lion noble, Edinburgh, 1584
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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