Coin (Obverse), 30 shilling piece, from reign of James VI & I

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Coin (Obverse), 30 shilling piece, from reign of James VI & I

This is the obverse of a silver 30 shilling piece minted at Edinburgh between 1604 and 1609, during the reign of James VI & I.

The obverse bears an image of the king on horseback. 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: 000-100-050-930-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C478
Date: 1604 - 1609
Between 1604 and 1609
Material: Silver; slight wear. Inscription: Obv. Thistle . IACOBVS . D' . G' . MAG' . BRIT' . FRAN' . & . HIB' . REX .; king riding to right / Rev. Thistle . QVAE . DEVS . CONIVNXIT . NEMO . SEPARET .; AE is a diphthong; Scottish arms in 2nd quarter of ornate squar
Dimensions: 36.00 x 35.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.0
What: Coin Type: 1st post-union coinage
Coin, 30 shilling piece
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Ardmaddy Castle Hoard, 1955
James VI
Where: Scotland, Argyll, Kilbrandon, Ardmaddy Castle
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver 30-shilling piece, Edinburgh, 1604 - 1609
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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