Coin (obverse), half-noble or quarter-merk, from reign of James VI

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Coin (obverse), half-noble or quarter-merk, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a silver half-noble minted at Edinburgh in 1572, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth three shillings and four pence Scots.

The obverse bears a crowned shield between a '3' and a '4' (the numbers indicate the coin's value). The Latin inscription translates as: 'James VI, by the Grace of God, King of Scots'.

The coins of James VI's reign are considered to have the most beautiful designs and most varied legends of all Scottish coins. After the Union of the Crowns of 1603, Scottish gold and silver coins closely resembled their English counterparts.

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Online ID: 000-100-053-710-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3258
Date: 1572
Material: Silver; slight flattening; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. Cross . IACOBVS . 6 . DEI . GRATIA . REX . SCOTORVM .; crowned shield between three and four / Rev. Cross . SALVVM . FAC . POPVLVM . TVVM . DNE . 1572 .; foliated cross with a star in t
Dimensions: 26.50 x 26.00 mm D / Die Axis: 12.5
What: Coin Type: 2nd coinage
Coin, half noble / quarter merk
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: Beith (Mossend Farm) Hoard, 1958
James VI
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire, Beith, Mossend Farm
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver half-noble or quarter-merk, Edinburgh, 1572
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • PSAS 91 (1957 - 1958), p 197 - 198 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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