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

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

This is the obverse of a silver groat minted at Edinburgh between 1437 and 1451 during the reign of James II. The coin was originally worth eight pence Scots, later raised to 12 pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust in a nine-arc tressure with a sceptre. There are trefoils, some of which are badly formed, in the spandrel. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

When the throne passed to James he was only seven years old and his earlier coinages continued those of his father. As in his father's reign, the mint often travelled with James on his tours of royal residences.

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Online ID: 000-100-052-788-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2336
Date: 1437 - 1451
Between 1437 and 1451
Material: Silver; both sides slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross : IACOBVS . DEI : GRACIA : REX . SCOTORV; stops are double and single saltires; crowned bust facing in nine-arc tressure with sceptre to left; trefoils in spandrels, some are b
Dimensions: 25.50 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: Fleur-de-lis, 4th variety
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Christmas Collection
James II
Lockett Collection
Pollexfen Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James II silver groat, Edinburgh, 1437 - 1451
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Burns (1877), 508 A 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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