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 base silver half-groat minted at Edinburgh between 1470 and 1488, during the reign of James III. The coin was worth six pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust in an eight-arc tressure. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, 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: 000-100-052-970-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2518
Date: 1470 - 1488
Between 1470 and 1488
Material: Silver; uneven striking, both sides slightly off-centre; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS [: DEI : GR] A : REX : SCOTOR; stops are double saltires; crowned bust three-quarters right in eight-arc tressure / Rev. Cross VIL / LA : E / DInB / VR
Dimensions: 18.50 mm D / Die Axis: 11.0
What: Coin Type: Stewart II
Coin, half groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Glenluce Hoard, 1956
James III
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Wigtownshire, Glenluce
Description: James III silver half-groat, Edinburgh, 1470 - 1488
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • BNJ (1959), p 377, pl XXII no 11 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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