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

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

This is the obverse of a silver half-groat minted at Edinburgh between 1496 and 1513, during the reign of James IV. The coin was worth six pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust in a seven-arc tressure with small trefoils on some cusps. 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: 000-100-053-474-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3022
Date: 1496 - 1513
Between 1496 and 1513
Material: Silver; both sides slightly off-centre, slight flattening; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Crown IACOBVS DEI GRA REX SCOTTORV' .; stop is a pellet; crowned bust facing in seven-arc tressure with small trefoils on some cusps / Rev. SALVV . / FACPO / PVLV'
Dimensions: 19.00 mm D / Die Axis: 3.5
What: Coin Type: Light coinage, Stewart IIIa
Coin, half groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James IV
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James IV silver half-groat, Edinburgh, 1496 - 1513
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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