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

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

This is the obverse of a silver groat minted at Edinburgh between 1367 and 1371, during the reign of David II. The coin was worth four pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned head with a sceptre within a six-arch tressure. The Latin inscription translates as: 'David, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

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: 000-100-052-132-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C1680
Date: 1367 - 1371
Between 1367 and 1371
Material: Silver; slightly off-centre on reverse; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross DAVID : DEI : GRA : REX : SCOTORVm; stops are double crosses; crowned head to left with sceptre, within six-arc tressure; trefoils in spandrels; stars on sceptre handle / Rev.
Dimensions: 28.00 x 27.50 mm D
What: Coin Type: 3rd coinage, Stewart 2a
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: David II
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: David II silver groat, Edinburgh, 1367 - 1371
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 78 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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