Coin (obverse), halfpenny, from reign of Robert III

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Coin (obverse), halfpenny, from reign of Robert III

This is the obverse of a silver halfpenny minted at Edinburgh between 1390 and 1406 during the reign of Robert III. The coin was worth one halfpenny Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust. 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: 000-100-052-660-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2208
Date: 1390 - 1406
Between 1390 and 1406
Material: Silver; both sides slightly off-centre; some flattening, moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. ROBERTVS : REXSCO :; stops are lis over crescent; crowned bust facing / Rev. VILL / A : ED / InB / VRG; stop is lis over crescent; single long cross with three pelle
Dimensions: 14.50 x 15.50 mm D / Die Axis: 1.0
What: Coin Type: Heavy coinage, 1st issue
Coin, halfpenny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Robert III
Where: Scotland, Angus, Montrose, 4 Mall Park Road
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Robert III silver halfpenny, Edinburgh, 1390 - 1406
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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