Coin (obverse), sword and sceptre piece, from reign of James VI

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Coin (obverse), sword and sceptre piece, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a gold sword and sceptre piece minted at Edinburgh in 1603, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth 120 shillings Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned shield of arms. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James VI, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

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: 000-100-050-658-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C206
Date: 1603
Material: Gold; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Quatrefoil with central pellet . IACOBVS . 6 . D . G . R . SCOTORUM . .; crowned shield of arms / Rev. Quatrefoil with central pellet . SALVS . POPVLI . SVPREMA . LEX .; sceptre and sword arranged in saltire; crow
Dimensions: 29.00 x 28.00 mm D
What: Coin Type: 8th coinage
Coin, sword and sceptre piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI gold sword and sceptre piece, Edinburgh, 1603
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 106 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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