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

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Postcard of Coin (obverse), groat, from reign of James III.
000-100-052-979-C
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Coin (obverse), groat, from reign of James III

This is the obverse of a silver groat minted at Edinburgh between 1475 and 1484, during the reign of James III. The coin was worth 12 pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust in a ten-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: 000-100-052-979-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2527
Date: 1475 - 1484
Between 1475 and 1484
Material: Silver; slightly ragged edge at 3.0 - 4.0 (obverse); slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS : DEI : GRA : REX : SCOTORm; stops are double saltires; crowned bust facing in ten-arc tressure; crown of five lis / Rev. Cross DnS : P / TECTOR
Dimensions: 23.00 mm D / Die Axis: 3.0
What: Coin Type: Stewart IIIa
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James III
Whitburn (Cowhill) Hoard, 1921
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, West Lothian, Whitburn, Cowhill
Event:
Description: James III silver groat, Edinburgh, 1475 - 1484
References:
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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