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

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

This is the obverse of a gold Britain crown minted at Edinburgh between 1609 and 1625, during the reign of James VI & I. The coin was worth £3 Scots or five shillings English.

The obverse bears a portrait of the king wearing the Scottish crown. The Latin inscription translates: '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: 000-100-050-670-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C218
Date: 1609 - 1625
Between 1609 and 1625
Material: Gold; moderate 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 1st and 4th q
Dimensions: 21.50 x 20.50 mm D
What: Coin Type: 2nd post-union issue
Coin, Britain crown
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI gold Britain crown, Edinburgh, 1609 - 1625
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 142 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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