Coin (obverse), one-third ryal, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Coin (obverse), one-third ryal, from reign of Mary, Queen of Scots

This is the obverse of a silver one-third ryal minted at Edinburgh in 1567, in the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots, during her second widowhood. The coin was worth ten shillings Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned shield flanked by thistles. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Mary, by the Grace of God, Queen of Scots'.

Mary's coinage is divisible into five phases, reflecting her early life, two marriages and two widowhoods. During her reign numerous issues appeared in gold, silver and base metal, many of them comprising denominations never previously struck.

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Online ID: 000-100-050-879-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C427
Date: 1567
Material: Silver; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross . MARIA . DEI . GRA . SCOTORVM . REGINA .; crowned shield of arms; thistle to either side / Rev. Thistle EXVRGAT . DEVS . ET . DISSIPENTVR . INIMICI . EIVS .; DAT GLORIA VIRES / 1567 across middle;
Dimensions: 31.50 x 32.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: 5th period
Coin, third ryal
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Ayr (Fort Street) Hoard, 1914
Mary, Queen of Scots
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Ayr (Fort Street)
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Mary, Queen of Scots silver one-third-ryal, Edinburgh, 1567
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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