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 in 1512, during the reign of James IV. The coin was worth 12 pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned bust in a nine-arc tressure with trefoils on the cusps. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James IV, 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: 000-100-053-477-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3025
Date: 1512
Material: Silver; some flattening in legends; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Crown IACOBVS : 4 : DEI : GRA : REX : SCOTTORV .; stops are double pellets except for a single pellet? at end; TT in SCOTTORV may be due to double striking; crowned bust facing in nine-a
Dimensions: 23.00 x 24.00 mm D / Die Axis: 3.5
What: Coin Type: Light coinage, Stewart IV
Coin, groat
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James IV
Murdoch Collection (on ticket in tray)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James IV silver maundy groat, Edinburgh, 1512
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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