Coin (obverse), half-groat, from reign of Robert III

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Coin (obverse), half-groat, from reign of Robert III

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

The obverse bears a crowned bust in a seven-arc tressure with three pellets on each cusp. The Latin inscription translates as: 'Robert, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

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: 000-100-052-635-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2183
Date: 1390 - 1406
Between 1390 and 1406
Material: Silver; rim slightly chipped at 4.0 and 5.0 (obverse); slight flattening, moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross ROBERTVS : DEI : G : REXSCOTOR; stops are three pellets arranged vertically; crowned bust facing in seven-arc tressure with three pellets on e
Dimensions: 21.00 mm D / Die Axis: 2.0
What: Coin Type: Heavy coinage, 1st issue
Coin, half groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Lockett Collection
Robert III
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Robert III silver half-groat, Edinburgh, 1390 - 1406
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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