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

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

This is the obverse of a gold unit minted at Edinburgh between 1604 and 1609, during the reign of James VI & I. The coin was worth £12 Scots or £1 English.

The obverse bears a half-length portrait of the king wearing the Scottish crown and holding an orb and sceptre. 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: 000-100-050-689-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C237
Date: 1604 - 1609
Between 1604 and 1609
Material: Gold: slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. . thistle . IACOBVS . D' . G' . MAG' . BRIT . FRAN . & . HIB' . REX . .; crowned bust to right in armour, holding sceptre and orb / Rev. . thistle . FACIAM . EOS . IN . GENTEM . VNAM .; crowned shield of ar
Dimensions: 38.50 x 39.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.0
What: Coin Type: 1st post-union issue
Coin, unit
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI gold unit, Edinburgh, 1604 - 1609
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 138 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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