Coin (obverse), halfpenny, from reign of John Balliol

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Coin (obverse), halfpenny, from reign of John Balliol

This is the obverse of a silver halfpenny minted between 1292 and 1296, possibly at Berwick, during the reign of John Balliol. The coin was worth one halfpenny Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned head with a sceptre. The Latin inscription translates as: 'John, by the Grace of God'.

John Balliol ruled Scotland between 1292 and 1296 under the authority of Edward I of England. Balliol's rebellion against this position led to Edward's invasion of Scotland in 1296. Most Balliol coins bear no mint name but were probably struck at Berwick

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Online ID: 000-100-051-964-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C1512
Date: 1292 - 1296
Between 1292 and 1296
Material: Silver; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IOhANNESDEIGI; Ns are reversed; crowned head to left with sceptre / Rev. Cross RE / XSC / OTO / RVM; single long cross with a six-pointed mullet in each angle
Dimensions: 15.50 x 16.00 mm D / Die Axis: 12.0
What: Coin Type: 1st (rough) coinage
Coin, halfpenny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Cochran-Patrick Collection
John Balliol
Where: England, Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed?
Description: John Balliol silver halfpenny, Berwick?, 1292 - 1296
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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