Coin (obverse), double crown, from reign of James VI & I

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Coin (obverse), double crown, from reign of James VI & I

This is the obverse of a gold double crown minted at Edinburgh between 1604 and 1609, during the reign of James VI & I. The coin was worth £6 Scots or ten shillings English.

The obverse bears a portrait of the king wearing the Scottish crown. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland'.

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: 000-100-050-665-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C213
Date: 1604 - 1609
Between 1604 and 1609
Material: Gold; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Thistle . IA . D . G . MAG . BRIT . FRAN . ET . HIB . REX .; crowned bust to right / Rev. . thistle . HENRICVS . ROSAS . REGNA . IACOBVS .; crowned shield of arms; I to left; R to right; Scottish arms in 2nd quarter of
Dimensions: 31.00 x 30.50 mm D / Die Axis: 4.0
What: Coin Type: 1st post-union coinage
Coin, double crown
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Sir John Evans Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI gold double-crown, Edinburgh, 1604 - 1609
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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