Coin (Reverse), eight shilling piece, from reign of James VI

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Coin (Reverse), eight shilling piece, from reign of James VI

This is the reverse of a silver eight shilling piece minted at Edinburgh in 1581, during the reign of James VI.

The reverse has a crowned thistle between the letters 'IR' for (Iacobus Rex [King James]). The Latin inscription translates as: 'No one shall hurt me with impunity' and is followed by the date, 1581.

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: 000-100-050-910-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C458
Date: 1581
Material: Silver: moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross . IACOBVS . 6 . DEI . GRATIA . REX . SCOTORVM .; crowned shield / Rev. [X] . NEMO . ME . IMPVNE . LACESSET . 1581 .; crowned thistle; double struck at date and initial mark; I to left; R to right
Dimensions: 30.00 mm D / Die Axis: 5.0
What: Coin Type: 3rd coinage
Coin, 8 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver 8-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1581
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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