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

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

This is the obverse of a silver half-groat minted at Berwick between 1467 and 1475, during the reign of James III. The coin was worth six pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned, unclothed bust in a seven-arc tressure. There are crosses flanking the neck. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James III, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

James III's reign saw a number of major coinage innovations including two new gold coins - the rider and the unicorn; a large billon coin - the plack; and thistle-heads and a realistic portrait of the king appearing on coins for the first time.

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Online ID: 000-100-052-946-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2494
Date: 1467 - 1475
Between 1467 and 1475
Material: Silver; slightly uneven striking; generally moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. [Cross I] ACOBVS : 3 : D : GBA : BEX [: S] CO [TO]; stops are double crosses / double saltires; crowned and unclothed bust facing in 6 . 1-arc tressure with crosses flanking neck
Dimensions: 19.00 x 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 7.5
What: Coin Type: Stewart I
Coin, half groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Ferguson Collection
James III
Pollexfen Collection (Burns p 111)
Where: England, Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Description: James III silver half-groat, Berwick, 1467 - 1475
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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