Coin (reverse), groat, from reign of Robert III

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Coin (reverse), groat, from reign of Robert III

This is the reverse of a silver groat minted at Edinburgh between 1390 and 1406 during the reign of Robert III. The coin was worth four pence Scots.

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

The reign of Robert III saw the introduction of gold lions and half-lions. These coins bear no mint names but like all succeeding gold coinages are thought to have been struck only in Edinburgh. Robert III also had mints at Aberdeen, Perth and Dumbarton.

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Online ID: 000-100-052-326-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C1874
Date: 1390 - 1406
Between 1390 and 1406
Material: Silver; some flattening, moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross ROBERTVS : DEI : GRA : REX : SCOTORV; stops are three pellets arranged vertically; crowned bust facing in seven-arc tressure with three pellets on each cusp / Rev. Cross DnS : P / TECTOR / mS
Dimensions: 26.00 mm D / Die Axis: 11.0
What: Coin Type: Heavy coinage, 1st issue
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Robert III
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Robert III silver groat, Edinburgh, 1390 - 1406
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), 39 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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