Coin (obverse), 'penny', from reign of James IV

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Coin (obverse), 'penny', from reign of James IV

This is the obverse of a silver 'penny' minted at Edinburgh between 1496 and 1513, during the reign of James IV. The coin was worth three pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust. 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: 000-100-053-476-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3024
Date: 1496 - 1513
Between 1496 and 1513
Material: Silver; slightly off-centre on reverse, shadow of reverse cross on obverse; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Crown IACOBVS . DEI . GRA . REX SCOTTO; stops are pellets; crowned bust facing / Rev. SALVV / FAC * P / PLVVT / VVDnE; stop is a five-pointed star
Dimensions: 16.50 x 17.00 mm D / Die Axis: 10.5
What: Coin Type: Light coinage
Coin, penny
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Cochran-Patrick Collection
James IV
Lockett Collection
Wingate Collection
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James IV silver penny, Edinburgh, 1496 - 1513
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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