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

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

This is the obverse of a silver groat minted at Edinburgh between 1489 and 1496, during the reign of James IV. The coin was worth 14 pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned, unclothed bust in a ten-arc tressure. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

James IV's coins were mainly continuations of the types issued during the previous reign. Those stylistic changes that did occur were largely backward-looking. No attempt was made to follow James III's example of using a realistic portrait.

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Online ID: 000-100-053-447-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C2995
Date: 1489 - 1496
Between 1489 and 1496
Material: Silver; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross IACOBVS : DEI : GRACEA : REX : SCOT :; stops are double six-pointed stars; crowned, unclothed bust facing in 9 . 1-arc tressure / Rev. Cross DnS : P / TECTO : / mEVS : E / T : LEB m : cross VIL / LA
Dimensions: 25.50 x 26.00 mm D / Die Axis: 4.0
What: Coin Type: Heavy coinage, Stewart Vc (James III), Murray C
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James IV
Pollexfen Collection (annotation in NMAS copy of Richardson)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James IV silver groat, Edinburgh, 1489 - 1495
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Richardson (1901), Add 168 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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