Coin (reverse), groat, from reign of David II

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Coin (reverse), groat, from reign of David II

This is the reverse of a silver groat minted at Edinburgh, between 1357 and 1367, during the reign of David II. The coin was worth four pence Scots and was in the first ever issue of groats.

The reverse has a single long cross with a five-pointed mullet in each angle. The Latin inscription translates as: 'God is my Defender and my Redeemer. Town of Edinburgh'.

David II was the son of Robert I, 'The Bruce'. His reign saw two major coinage innovations: Scotland's first gold coin - the noble - and the introduction of silver groats and half-groats.

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Online ID: 000-100-052-073-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C1621
Date: 1357 - 1367
Between 1357 and 1367
Material: Silver; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross DAVID . DEI . GRA . REX . SCOTORVm; stops are saltires; crowned head to left with sceptre, within 6 . 1-arc tressure; empty spandrels / Rev. Cross DnS : P / TECTOR / mSFLIB / ATORmS : VILL / A . ED / InBV / R
Dimensions: 28.00 x 27.00 mm D / Die Axis: 1.0
What: Coin Type: 2nd coinage, Stewart A5
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: David II
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: David II silver groat, Edinburgh, 1357 - 1367
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 44 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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