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

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

This is the obverse of a gold lion noble minted at Edinburgh in 1586, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth 75 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: 000-100-050-674-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C222
Date: 1586
Material: Gold; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Quatrefoil with pellet in centre POST . 5 . & . 100 . PROA' . INVICTA . MANENT . HEC; crowned lion sejant / Rev. Quatrefoil with pellet in centre DEVS . IVDICIVM . TVVM . REGI . DA . 1586; saltire of four c
Dimensions: 26.00 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin Type: 4th coinage
Coin, lion noble
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Murdoch Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI gold lion noble, Edinburgh, 1586
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • RBKS MS list of Murdoch Sale 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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