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 1475 and 1484, during the reign of James III. The coin was worth six pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust in a nine-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: 000-100-052-993-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2541
Date: 1475 - 1484
Between 1475 and 1484
Material: Silver; slightly bent; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS : DEI : GRA : REX : SCOT; stops are double saltires; crowned bust facing in nine-arc tressure; crown of three lis / Rev. DnSPER / TECTOR / mSZLII / BERATO : VILL / ABER / WIC / ChII; si
Dimensions: 18.50 x 17.50 mm D / Die Axis: 2.0
What: Coin Type: Stewart IIIb
Coin, half groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James III
Perth Hoard, 1920
Where: England, Northumberland, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Scotland, Perthshire, Perth
Description: James III silver half-groat, Berwick, 1475 - 1484
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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