Coin (Obverse), balance half-merk, from reign of James VI

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Coin (Obverse), balance half-merk, from reign of James VI

This is the obverse of a silver balance half-merk minted at Edinburgh in 1592, during the reign of James VI. The coin was worth six shillings and eight pence Scots.

The obverse bears crowned shield between two thistles. The Latin inscription translates as: 'James VI, by the Grace of God, King of Scots' and is followed by the date, 1592.

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: 000-100-053-726-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.C3274
Date: 1592
Material: Silver; slight flattening in legends; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv. * . IACOBVS . 6 . D . G . R . SCOTORVM . 1592 .; initial mark is a cinquefoil; crowned shield between two thistles / Rev. * . HIS . DIFFERT . REGE . TYRANNVS .; initial mark is a cinqu
Dimensions: 29.00 mm D / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Coin Type: 6th coinage
Coin, balance half merk
Subject: Queen Street Coin Collection
Who: James VI
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: James VI silver balance half-merk, Edinburgh, 1592
  • 'Currency' multimedia programme NMS 1995 
  • Stewart, I.H. 'The Scottish Coinage'. Second Edition. London: Spink & Son, 1967 
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