Coin (obverse), penny, from reign of Alexander III

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Coin (obverse), penny, from reign of Alexander III

This is the obverse of a silver penny minted at Berwick between 1250 and 1280, during the reign of Alexander III. The coin was worth one penny Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned head with a sceptre. The Latin inscription translates as: 'King Alexander'.

Alexander III's reign produced the most extensive of all medieval issues in Scotland. At the start of his reign, 16 mints were in operation around Scotland. His later coinage included round halfpennies and farthings for the first time.

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Online ID: 000-100-051-434-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C982
Date: 1250 - 1280
Between 1250 and 1280
Material: Silver; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. ALEXANDERREX : .; crowned head to right with sceptre / Rev. IOH / AN / ON / BER; ER combined; long voided cross with six-pointed star in each angle
Dimensions: 18.00 mm D / Die Axis: 3.5
What: Coin Type: 1st coinage, Baldwin VII
Coin, penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Alexander III
Brussels Hoard, 1908
Iohan (Maker)
Lockett Collection
Where: Belgium, Brussels
England, Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Description: Alexander III silver penny by Iohan at Berwick, 1250 - 1280
  • 'Currency' [multimedia CD-ROM] Edinburgh: NMS, 1995 
  • Brussels Hoard Catalogue, No 247 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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